I’m the author of the novels “The Invisible Histories of the Spiral Mountain” (2014), “The Erotic Tales of Bucephalus” (2017), and “Dominique’s Confession: A Roaring Twenties Dark Romance” (2020). In my tales of magic and mysticism, I examine philosophical dualities, transitions of the psyche, alternate realities, and spiritual revelations. As a constant traveler, I consider myself an international resident with no permanent home. Although, my birthplace of Detroit remains in my heart, and I consider Thailand my spiritual residence.
What inspires you to write?
For many years, mysticism and the occult have fascinated me; these ideas find their way into all my work. I’m also interested in philosophical dualities, transitions of the psyche, alternate realities, and spiritual revelations. Any transformative journey interests me.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process varies from book to book, but essentially, I outline the journey the book will take in Microsoft Word or Aeon Timeline. I organize my chapters, research, and detailed character files and keep them in Scrivener. After I create the “skeleton” of the story, I tend to let the narrative take me wherever it needs to go, so I often disregard the outline. The most interesting parts of my books often come about by magical means: cut-ups, synchronicities, deviations from the plan, et cetera.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I mine my characters from the outside, but as I develop and “find them," they tend to speak through me. When I’m writing, I often get lost in the conversations between them. They always lead me to places I don't expect.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite writers include William Blake, Henry Miller, Hermann Hesse, Italo Calvino, Jorge Luis Borges, Anaïs Nin, Philip K. Dick, Manly P. Hall, Georges Bataille, and many more. I’m also influenced by cultural mystics such as Terence McKenna, Alan Watts, Carl Jung, Robert Anton Wilson, and Aleister Crowley. I adore any work that deals with magic and consciousness.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had a spiritual awakening in my mid-twenties. My first novel took about ten years to come to fruition, but I had the idea as far back as 2001, but I didn’t have the proper skills to bring it to completion, so I attended the Oregon College of Art and Crafts to earn a Book Arts degree. While there, I focused on creative writing and digital publishing. After finishing college, I had the proper skills to pursue self-publishing and devoted my energy to my imprint Sublimation Pressworks.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m fond of both digital and print books for different reasons. E-books are nice because I travel constantly and live abroad, so it’s easy to transport/download many books. I’m also interested in the ritualized practice reading a print book entails. I think there is a future in both mediums. Most of my books are available in each format.
What genres do you write?
Occult fiction, historical romance, dark romance, erotica, spirituality, pulp serial, fable, short stories, poetry, memoir, and Bildungsroman (coming of age).
What formats are your books in?
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