interview by Joe Vaz


From Issue 17 (Jan 2012)

Where is home?
Moore, Oklahoma

Do you write full time?
I do write full time. I also teach at the University of Oklahoma in the Professional Writing program.

What inspired this story?
This story actually came to me in a dream, something that happens every now and again. I’m ADHD (attention deficit hyper disorder) though I’ve worked hard to rein that in and my dreams are incredibly vivid and detailed. I woke up with this story in my head.

Do you believe precognition is possible? Have you ever wished you could see the future?
I believe that precognition is possible, more glimpses than true sequences. A bad feeling. Snippets of conversation. Things like that. I’ve actually experienced that myself. I have NEVER wanted to see the future. That would take all the mystery and adventure out of life.

If you could, would you want to know when you’re going to die? (Why/why not?)
Nope. Can you imagine living in fear of that date? Maybe you could avoid a car wreck by not being on the road that day, but how do you escape a heart attack? How would you enjoy your life?

I can’t put my finger on why, but She Can See Tomorrow… has a classic Twilight Zone episode feel to it, was that intentional?
I loved the Twilight Zone. Still do. And I recommend it to my writing students all the time. That one-step-past-the-real-world thing just really grabs my imagination. This story just seemed to fit right into that kind of tale.

You have an unbelievable number of books to your name, a lot of which are part of series or adaptations. Which do you find easier/harder, working completely within your own worlds, or inhabiting others’?
I’m really lucky. I can work within an established world/setting/context with the same zeal that I approach creating my own worlds. There is a different framework of rules, but the work is essentially the same. Create a hero, give him/her something interesting to do, add lots of conflict, and keep the pacing up.

Are you working on anything right now?
I’m actually working on a new entry in the Rogue Angel series and have several projects in line after that. Just published a new entry in the Rancho Diablo series (Hell On Wheels) and a book in the new Fight Card series (The Cutman). Writing is very exciting these days with all the opportunity.

Where might we find more of your work?
I’ve written fantasy, suspense, westerns, horror, and TV tie-ins that include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and movies like Blade and xXx. I’m out there. Drop by my website at www.melodom.com and my blog www.melodom.blogspot.com to see what’s new.


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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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