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  • What kind of novels do you write?

    To that oft-posed question, I never know what to say. Some people are expecting a conventional answer--western, thriller, horror, historical, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, and so on. Despite the fact that some of my novels have been categorized in one genre or another (or sometimes more than one at a time), I don't really think of them as anything but stories. With a twist.

    My interests are myth, folklore, and archetypes, and how these old stories are ways of looking at the realities of life. Thus, The Stolen Child uses the folklore of the faery changeling, and Angels of Destruction, the idea of the uncertain angel. A dark comedy told by a dead man about to be re-born, Centuries of June revolves around eight well-known stories and legends from America, and The Boy Who Drew Monsters is, in part, about the legend of the haunted house and the fear of monsters under the bed. Or in our heads.

    The Motion of Puppets relies on the ancient Greek love story of Orpheus and Eurydice with a dash of the uncanny life of puppets, who sometimes act as provocateurs of the unconscious.

    All of them take elements of the mythical or fabulous to combine with very real human struggles. Without prejudice between the real and the imaginary, between life and the dream of life.