Do you have a "day job?"
Yep, I'm a college professor. Ph.D., and everything. Writing fiction started out as a hobby. Except now it seems to be taking over my life.
Where did you grow up?
A small city in northeast Pennsylvania called Pittston. It's in between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, cities that some of you may have heard of. But don't feel bad if you haven't heard of Pittston. Few people have—and those who have usually try to forget.
Where do you get your ideas?
From a place in Cleveland. It's kind of a subscription thing—three ideas a week for only 800 bucks a year.
I stole the above snotty comment from Harlan Ellison, one of the great American writers of this, or any, era.
Are you as scary in real life as your writing makes you appear?
Not at all (except when grading my students' term papers). Don't believe the stories ("They say this cat Gustainis is a baaad mother..."). Beneath my sometimes gruff exterior, I have the heart of a small boy.
I keep it in a jar, on a shelf above my desk.
I stole that one from Stephen King, who in turn stole it from Robert Bloch, author of Psycho. I only steal from the best. And so, apparently, does Steve.
Who the heck is Terry Bear?
I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.
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