Tell us a little about yourself.
I have been a social worker for more than thirty years and I've been a professor for more than a dozen years. I've work with a number of people who suffer from major mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, post-trauma, attention deficit disorder and people along the autism spectrum. As a senior instructor and visiting lecturer I teach graduate level psychopathology, post-traumatic stress disorder assessment and treatment and basic neurobiology and neuroscience.
How do you feel that your career, educational background and overall
life experience contribute to your writing?
All of my writings tend to have protagonists with some kind of mental health issue they manage, or they are women or people of color, or people with disabilities, or part of the LGBTQ community that are the strong, dynamic characters with equal voices dealing with challenges.
What is the funniest thing about your personality that fans would love to know? What are your quirks?
When I come home from work, I carry on an extensive conversation with my dog. She listens well, howls back and will patiently allow me to express my dramatic monologue while I change my clothes and get her lunch or dinner.
What was the inspiration for your book?
Future Prometheus: The Series was inspired from a series of courses I taught about people on the autism spectrum and how they see the world in a very different way from average or "neurotypical" person. This series also took an approach to highlight gender diversity and to have a world where women were the strong leaders and being heterosexual was “unusual." In Rogue Event, it was the norm for everyone to be on the high-end of the autism scale while the outliers were people who were emotional and driven by passions.
Do you have anything special, a habit, that you do that gets you into the mood of writing? Favorite object, desk, pen? Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what do you listen to?
There is one thing that always helps me generate entire dialogues and plots - being on the elliptical going at full speed with music blaring in my ears. I have no idea why it happens this way. (Actually, I think it's the kinesthetic learning through the movement which facilitates neurogensis and connections from the limbic system to my frontal lobe, but that's just a guess.)