In Meritropolis everyone is assigned a numerical Score that decides their worth to society and whether they live or die. After a young boy is killed because of a low Score, his brother plots to take down the System.
In Meritropolis how were the animal combinations decided upon? decided upon? For example, I
chose to write about a bion (bull-lion), as well as many other freaks of nature. So what I want to
know is how did you decided which animals to meld together and why.
I have a big list of animal combinations that I came up with before I began writing the book, and I tried to work
in as many as I could. Sometimes the only criteria was that I liked the way the name sounded. Look for many
more in the following books!
Can you tells us about your characters and who/what inspired them?
I am a big believer in John Truby’s approach to building a “character web”, because this deepens the
relationships between characters and helps to make each of the characters more complex. Absent building a
good character web, it can be all too easy to fall into the not-very-true-to-real-life good-person/bad-person false
dichotomy where your protagonist devolves into this I-can-do-no-wrong character and your antagonist is just
pure evil. I was very much aiming to show the imperfections and brokenness in each of the characters. My
thinking as a Christian influences this to some degree, given that the Bible teaches that we are all essentially the
same; we are all sinners—only God is perfect.
Do you have a favorite genre that you like to read?
I read pretty much everything! Fiction, non-fiction, you name it! I am of the opinion that, as an author, I can
learn something from almost every kind of writing. Sometimes, it most definitely is a matter of learning what
not to do—but, on the whole, I love to read a wide variety of writing styles, genres, etc.
Are there any books that have inspired your own writing?
I read A LOT so there are many different things that have shaped my writing over the years, but I wouldn’t say
there was any particular book, or books, that I was consciously looking to for inspiration while
writing Meritropolis. Looking back though I can definitely see different threads of influence in almost
everything I have read over the years that contribute toward making Meritropolis what it is: the strong
protagonist of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, the philosophical bent of C.S. Lewis’ fiction, the dystopian
setting of Hugh Howey’s WOOL series, and many more.
Are there any authors that have emerged in the last three years that have caught your interest?
Hugh Howey is an author that I really like that has caught my attention lately. I would highly recommend
his WOOL series!
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