Who or what has influenced your writing?
I guess you could say that the experiences I have had in my life have been the biggest influence in my life. That’s pretty much what writers do right? I tend to do some traveling and exploring in my life and my writing is where I explore these things even further. As far as other writers go my writing has been strongly influenced by a variety of fantasy and epic fantasy writers like , , and .
Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?
I never really thought about the future of my writing very much in terms of success or book sales. What I very much have planned is to finish the list of books I am currently outlining. I have a variety of outlines for novels and each covers a theme or an idea that I really like. So in the future I would love to be able to look at my bookshelf and see all those .
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Writer’s block is a funny thing. And I seem to get it in peculiar ways. I can always write and pretty much write almost every day but sometimes I will get stuck on an idea, a plot point or something else and just not know how to proceed with it. When that happens I just move on to another writing project for a while. So, I do get kind of blocked but it isn’t in the ability to write, it’s just in the current inability to solve a particular problem. Moving on to another project helps a lot. I think it is quite ok to let a writing task percolate for a while before returning to it.
What are you reading now?
I have been developing a new fantasy website for Young adults: Young Adult Fantasy Guide so I have been reading a lot of Young Adult fantasy lately. I am currently right in the middle of two books in the genre: by Charles DeLint which is a terrific book. And The Charwoman’s Shadow by Lord Dunsany which is a very old classic.
What was the first horror book/story you remember reading?
The very first horror book I remember reading was a collection of stories by . I remember the effect it had on me but I can’t remember the name of the collection! Up until that book I had read an enormous amount of fantasy and reading Lovecraft was a definite change for me.
Will also shared information about the two novels he has published: