Geonn is one of our most prolific and popular authors. Personally, I'm a big fan of the Underdogs series, for exactly the reason you'll see in his answer below. The latest, Dog Biscuits, is terrific. Read his interview, then pop over to check out the book!
What inspired you to write your latest story?
My latest project was a novel called Can You Hear Me. It was inspired by a couple of things: I wanted a sequel to Gravity focusing on Sandra Bullock after the events of the film, but I knew it was tremendously unlikely to ever happen. So I decided I could just write it myself. I wanted to write an astronaut novel, and this was a good jumping-off point. It really took off, however, when I cast two of my friends - Sarah Deakins and Kate Black-Spence - as the leads. They were both so excited by the idea that I started writing it to use their excitement to boost me and push me along. I'm very proud of the end result, and I can't wait to share it with people!
Tell us a little about any upcoming projects.
I mentioned Can You Hear Me... my next writing projects are the next Underdogs novel (Kennel Club), which I feel is going to be one of the darkest in the series. A lot of things happen in it. The basic plot begins with Ari being sent to jail for a murder she didn't commit. So it isn't exactly going to be a lighthearted romp, just from the get-go. I'm also about chest-deep in writing my next Stargate SG-1 novel, Female of the Species, which (completely coincidentally) also features two main characters being sent to prison. But the two could not be more different. Female of the Species IS, actually, a lighthearted romp. With a lot of action, of course.
What led you to write in your genre?
I didn't really set out to be a male writer in a female-dominated genre. Looking back, the idea of going down this path seems incredibly daunting. But what I wanted to do - and this may be why I've been so successful - was write about women. I've always been a big fan of amazing women on TV. Buffy Summers, Dana Scully, Samantha Carter, they were always my favorites. I wanted to write about women like that, I wanted to write stories where they were the focus and not the sidekick or the token female member of the team. I wrote Underdogs because it seemed like every single story about a female werewolf gave her the story of "which man is she going to end up with?" I wanted a story about a woman who could turn into a wolf and the focus was on HER and what SHE was doing, not who would get to go to bed with her. So I wrote Ari, I gave her a girlfriend, and the rest of the series is just her doing her job.
Plotter or pantser?
I plot the first third or so, and I have an idea of where it will end up, but I have to actually write the first third before I have any idea what will actually happen at the end.
What’s your favorite of your published works?
The Rise and Fall of Radiation Canary. I'm not sure why, except that it covers so many bases I've wanted to write. A relationship that begins and ends in breakup, a character who has multiple relationships before she finds The One, Seattle, the characters I fell so much in love with that I keep them in my mind even when I'm not writing about them. I get so emotional thinking about Lana Kent's mother dying that I have actually cried because a song made me think of their relationship.
What’s your favorite season?
Winter, but really fall. When it stops getting hot and the days are so cool and refreshing, but you don't need a coat.