K.Z., thank you so much for talking with me. Your featured book is Visible Friend coming to Dreamspinner April 27th. Where did the idea for this emotionally charged tale come from?
Hi, Jo, and thanks for letting me visit!
First, I can’t seem not to write character-driven stories. Human nature has always fascinated me, and people’s struggles have always moved me. So I was drawn to the idea of a doubly-wounded man (first, by his family’s rejection; then, by drug addiction) trying to heal himself. His orientation and location, which is a small town, make the challenge even more daunting.
What do you like best about Christopher and why will readers relate to him?
His mix of determination and fallibility, I think. Chris is proud in a very unassuming way. He recognizes and accepts his lot in life. He doesn’t lay blame or make excuses, and he isn’t looking for a savior. He wants to prove he can get by . . . yet he does stumble, and realizes he must accept this as part of the recovery process. What’s more, his difficulties have made him a thoughtful and empathetic person.
What can you tell us about his interest in Denny and why will readers be rooting for this unconditional love?
I can’t tell you much. Suffice it to say, the relationship proves difficult for both of them (in many ways, Denny’s struggle is more heart-wrenching than Chris’s) but acceptance of each other will be well worth their efforts. They’re both multilayered characters; they just have to splice their layers together so they’re equals rather than codependents.
You’ve written many books. Does a new release still give you the same thrill as the first one? How do you celebrate a new release?
A new release is always a thrill, but of the double-edged variety. It’s kind of what a parent experiences when s/he sends a child off to school for the first time (although I don’t think of my books as my children!) But the pride is similar, and the anxiety, and the fear.
What is the most important thing you have learned throughout your writing career?
What else do you have in the works for lucky readers?
Dreamspinner will be publishing my fanciful romance, Abercrombie Zombie, in July or August. I’m currently working on a contemporary about jealousy, betrayal, and self-affirmation among a group of childhood friends on the cusp of adulthood.
How do you balance a writer career with the rest of your life?
Balance? Ha! I’m old enough and single enough (i.e. not married with a family) so that I can pretty much determine my own schedule. My BF has finally accepted this. We have our own little domestic routines, but he knows I’ll deviate from them whenever I have a mind to.
If you weren't a writer, you'd be a...?
Totally anonymous loser. Now I’m only a partially anonymous loser. Actually, I’d probably go back to editing. I’ve worked as an editor in the Real World for two different publishing companies.
What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Reality TV shows (good ones – of course!) and junking. I love haunting resale shops and rummage sales.
What other releases have you had recently and what can you tell us about them?
The most recent have been precious_boy (contemporary from DSP), Mongrel (fantasy-steampunk from DSP), and Electric Melty Tingles (a coming-out tale from Loose Id).
What is your biggest hope for 2011?
That I appear on more readers’ radar and leave a favorable impression.
Where can readers find you on the web?
My blog is the most up-to-date and of my “presences” and also has comprehensive links (to my books, interviews, feature articles, etc.) – http://kzsnow.blogspot.com. I have my own niches at the M/M Romance and Dreamspinner groups at Goodreads. I’m on Facebook and Twitter, too, although I don’t often visit either place. Frankly, social networking sites are too big a time-suck.