But Seriously, Folks

Possibly, some of you never saw this fantastic interview I had with Tom Wolosz on his excellent website about Spark, and the accompanying review.  Can I say, with all modesty, how great it is when readers take your work seriously? Right? I mean, sure, Spark is a fun read with an impossible premise, but you put the same amount of work and care into all of your books, don’t you?  You take your YA romp seriously. It’s nice when readers feel the same.

Anyway, you should check out Tom’s site, but if you don’t feel like clicking, I’ve reprinted the interview below. Of course, Spark is available on
Amazon. While you’re there, check out Flight of the Wren and my newest book Whisper Blue.

Thanks for reading

DocTom: What was the inspiration for Spark?

Me: I’m pretty sure I was washing dishes. There’s no particular connection to dishes, but I do remember having this sudden image of a man walking past an empty lot on a city street. In the lot, a couple of homeless men are warming themselves around a fire built in an old 50 gallon metal drum. The scrap lumber fire cracks in a shower of sparks as he walks by. He doesn’t notice, but one of those sparks follows him, tracking him down the dark street, unseen. That was the birth of the idea, anyway. What was this spark? Why was it following this guy? Over the course of time, the man became a teenage girl, and the whole scene with the fire disappeared completely, but the questions remained. I had also just read China Mieville’s Un Lun Dun, and that definitely had an impact on the pocket universe scenes. Unless I’m mistaken, James Tiptree’s story All the Kinds of Yes played a part, not in terms of plot but in the concept of good guys and bad guys. That story posits the rather quaint notion that some people are just good guys and some are bad guys. I rather liked that. Francy and her friends are, for better or worse, good guys, and there’s just no point in denying it.  Continue reading “But Seriously, Folks”