1. What do you wish that people would ask you about your writing?
I'd like people to ask me why I choose to set my stories in historical periods. One value of an historical approach, to me, is that it splits the difference between something new (and therefore exciting) and something familiar (and therefore accessible). It also provides a rich, wonderful context to a story that might not be present in a more conventional setting.
2. Which of your characters would you most like to meet and why?
I'd like to meet The Padre from my short piece that will be published on Pseudopod this year. He's a man driven by conviction that sometimes compels him to take actions that are morally repugnant. At the same time, though, he has a deep and abiding sense of morality and a phenomenal intellect. It'd be interesting to have a conversation with somebody whose attitudes towards life are so markedly different from my own.
3. When you were studying history at university, did you ever think that you would turn that education into writing historical fiction...with vampires?
I think I always knew I'd be writing fiction here and there; I love telling stories. The vampires part would have surprised me, though. I don't honestly like most vampire fiction, because I think it devolves too easily into tired tropes and cheap thrills (The vampires are actually the good guys! The vampires are secretly running the world! The vampires are fascinated by the main character's quotidian personal problems!). That's not to say that there isn't good vampire fiction out there, of course. But it's definitely not something I thought I'd be undertaking myself.
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