Gweall and I have been writing partners for a while now and we've become friends along the way. We bicker at times, but overall writing with him is a blast. I've been so lucky to get to know him, I wanted to share the privilege with all of you. So, G and I sat down for a little chat after working on our latest collaboration.
K: Describe your favorite place to write.
G: At my desk. I'm too lame for a laptop so my options are kind of limited. More specifically, I sit in front of a window. Since it's spring, there's a bird's nest outside my window and I get to watch them hatch and grow up. If I did get the option of writing anywhere I wanted to, my favorite place would by lying on a trampoline. I don't know if anybody out there has ever done it, but it's extremely relaxing and kind of puts you in this weird Zen state. Very cool.
K: What inspired you to start writing?
G: I'm not sure I was really ever inspired. I just loved to write. I remember I would just have a huge notebook full of stuff I wrote. I just never thought it was any good so I never showed anybody or finished anything. Then one day I was like "well what the fuck." and started writing on Literotica. You can't believe how shocked I was when I started getting feedback saying they were so excited to see this new author on the scene yadda yadda. I honestly thought mine would be one of those stories that was so awful the comments would send me into hospitalization they were so mean.
K: Is there a story behind your Literotica pen name?
G: Ahahaaha. Yes and no. It was a year or two ago and I was making my account on Literotica so that I could post my first story. When I had to pick a name, it was something I had never thought of. So I sat there for an hour and tried to come up with something but couldn't. So I ended up finding this sketchy ass god and goddess name generator or something weird like that. Where you type in a word, and it gives you a fake name of the god or goddess of the thing. I think I typed in love or romance or something...
K: What is your solution for writer's block?
G: Whine and cry until it goes away....
K: We've worked together quite a few times. Which of our stories do you think is the best and why?
G: That's really hard to say. I think we work really well together and everything we type out kind of morphs into gold, even though 99% of it starts out as stupid jokes. I'm really excited about our new story. I'm not sure if it's just because it's on one of my favorite topics (Zombies) or what, but It's gonna be good.
K: Without embarrassing me too bad, what is the funniest moment from our time working together?
G: Ooooh. That's a hard one. I think it's a toss up between our frying pan and pizza conversation when we were writing Hybrid Chronicles: Micah & Declan. We were joking about it since you're from Texas and I'm from the valley (California, for those of you who live under a rock) and you just typed it out like it was the most normal thing in the world and I was like 'Wtf, who does that?' and we ended up turning it into a conversation in the story. OR it's our ongoing 'you're not a ninja' joke when one of us is writing and the other is being a creeper and reading what we're writing as we write it, the second person tries to correct mistakes without being noticed. (Kitten still hasn't beaten me yet ;) )
K: I'd say we work well together. Do you think that any two authors can work together or do you think it takes a certain chemistry?
G: I think it definitely has to do with a certain chemistry. Because you and I are so similar we can joke around and bounce ideas off of each other. I've tried to work with a couple of different authors before and we cant even get past the first page!
K: What is your favorite part of collaborating?
G: I think that our collaborating ends up being 80% stupid commentary and 15% eating and 5% writing. I think all of it's my favorite. We just work so well together, it turns out great.
K: What is one thing that you think readers would be surprised to know about you?
G: Uhh... Hehe. That's a hard one. But, I think what a lot of people are surprised to know about me is that I'm...well I guess technically I'm celibate. I don't date, or have sex. People always freak out since that's what my writing is all about. It's just not for me.
K: If you could give advice to future writers, what would it be?
G: I know a lot of writers say 'Don't be afraid to get out there, nobody is a bad writer.' But that's a total lie. There are some pretty bad writers out there. What they should say is that, Don't be afraid to get out there, nobody who enjoys writing is a bad writer. The only thing you need to worry about is if you're having fun when you write. If you like to read what you write, there is DEFINITELY another person out there who will want to read it with you.
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