interview by Joe Vaz

From Issue 14 (Oct 2011)

Where is home?
I was born, raised, and currently live in Boone, North Carolina, in America.

Do you write full time?
I write part time, while landscaping to support myself. But only until the novels are published!

What inspired The Treasons?
It was one of the rare stories that came to me instantly, all at once, in a lightning bolt containing the plot, characters, world, and moral. Someone else wrote it, I think, and I simply downloaded it from their consciousness, in a kind of psychic plagiarism.

Did you have a particular city in mind when writing The Treasons?
No. To me, having grown up in the mountains, they’re all the same.

Do you know what happened to this world, to bring it where it is today?
No, but there is no shortage of possible causes, everywhere around us.

This reminds me quite a lot of the tone of The Dark Tower, both in setting and language. Were there any influences there?
Conscious influences, no. Subconscious, surely. There were years between reading the series and writing this story, but I can, in retrospect, see parallels. Penning is a countrified Roland, it would seem.

Have you written other stories within this world?
I have not.

Are you working on anything right now?
Always! Short stories of all genres, and the endless barrage of editing that burdens every writer.

Where might we find more of your work?
I keep a log of publications on my blog, with links, in between commentary on my strange life.

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Joe Vaz

Joe Vaz is the founder and editor of Something Wicked, which occasionally affords him the honour and good fortune to hang out with really cool people.
In his other life he is a film and television actor who gets small parts in big movies, most recently in Dredd 3D, due to be released in September 2012.

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