Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
I like to write longhand before entering it into the computer—and I use a fountain pen.
Where did the idea for Scythe come from?
After so many years of teen dystopia, I wanted to do the opposite. Instead of a story about the world gone wrong, I wanted to explore the consequences of the world gone right. What happens when we, as a civilization, get all the things we say we want?
What is your favourite book?
Hard to pick just one. But if I had to, it would be A Prayer for Owen Meany
by John Irving.
What inspired you to become a writer?
The books I read growing up, and teachers who encouraged me along the way – particularly an English teacher I had in 9th
How did living overseas as a teenage influence your writing?
It made me feel like a citizen of the world, and that nothing was beyond my grasp. I honestly don’t think I would have had the nerve to think I could be a writer without that experience.
If you were to become a Scythe who would you choose as your patron historic?
What book do you wish you had written?
Ender’s Game. But here’s the thing – Orson Scott Card had asked me to co-write Ender’s Shadow with him (a retelling of Ender’s Game from the character Bean’s perspective). In the end, however he decided to do it himself instead – although he gave me a really wonderful mention in the foreword. After reading Ender’s Shadow, I was glad I didn’t write it, because if I had, I would have been robbed of the pleasure of reading it!
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Brouhaha. It’s just a funny word, and my books create quite a brouhaha!
Describe your writing style for us in ten words?
Thought. Provoking. Enough. To. Keep. You. Up. All. Night. Pondering.
What is your favourite writing snack?
Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice-cream.
Can you tell us a little about your next project?
It’s called DRY
, and it’s a story about what happens when the water runs out in Southern California. It’s predicted to be bad. I co-wrote the book with my son, Jarrod, and it follows several kids during the first week without water, when twenty-three million people basically become water-zombies, willing to kill for water. It’s kind of a zombie apocalypse story, but a real one, and that’s what makes it so scary. Naturally we’re watching very closely what happens when Cape Town, South Africa runs out of water…