What makes good fiction?
"I have always held to the belief that the best fantasy or science fictional stories have factual roots. I think, if you're going to write about futuristic space ships, for instance, a basic understanding of how the real ones work helps one postulate towards the future. Fans are more sophisticated in the 21st century and therefore need a little real science with their fiction. Pure fantasy, like dragons and wizards, you can have a little more flexibility with; but here too some knowledge about medieval history helps you put things in context where setting and dialogue are concerned."
What's my favorite genre?
"That's a good question; which all depends on my mood. I tend to go back and forth between science fiction and fantasy. I tend to write more sci-fi these days but it always contains an element of the supernatural. I just can't seem to totally separate my head from the romantic realm of dragons and wizards."
Where am I from?
"Currently the Pacific north west, I am originally from central California where I bounced from suburb to suburb for most of my life. In 2004 I moved to rural Washington where the countryside and cooler climate is more to my liking."
What else do I like to do?
I participate in SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) & Renaissance festivals; where one is likely to find me, tankard in hand sword girded about, on me way to some ruckus or another. At these events I go by the name John Blackburn, sometimes Sir John but most often just Blackburn, a rogue and scoundrel of some small renown, in the company of House Id, in the shire of Druim Doineann.