Another from the MiniInterview archives: this one of Ian Healy. I am honored to be writing the introduction to his latest superhero novel, and I have enjoyed each and every one of them I have had the pleasure to read and/or review. This is an interview from a few years back, but his websites etc. should be current, except for the LEGO-based webcomic. Unfortunately that ended a while back, but you can still look at the archives for it on Healy’s website: http://www.ianthealy.com/blog/. Look for his excellent work on Amazon or through his website.
5 Questions: Ian Healy Interviewer: Jenn Zuko
1) What attracts you most about speculative fiction in particular? What about it were you drawn to as a kid and what attracts you to it now?
I like the fantastic aspect. The first SF film I recall seeing in a theatre was The Empire Strikes Back. Spaceships zooming around, laser swords, and asteroids! I was hooked. Ever since then I’ve sought out science fiction entertainment. An offshoot of that was superheroes, which appealed to my inner vigilante. I still have my very first comic book: Captain Carrot & His Amazing Zoo Crew #12.
Nowadays, the attraction to me is things that aren’t now but may be someday, or things that might have been. I write stories that I wish I’d read, because nobody else has written them yet. I hope that maybe someday, a starry-eyed 10-year-old will pick up one of my books and find the same love for speculative fiction I did.
2) What writer/s do you want to emulate?
Oh, where to begin? Let’s go with this list: Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Mike Resnick, Alan Dean Foster, Paolo Bacigalupi, and George R. R. Martin for now.
3) Handwriting or computer: why, and what kind? What do you do about writer’s block?
Smartphone and computer. My penmanship is atrocious. I’ve gotten very good at writing on my phone and have completed more than one manuscript mostly with my thumbs.
It’s been years since I last had writer’s block. I always have so many projects in my queue that I can always work on another project if I’m stalled on one. It’s rare for me to stall, because I tend to always be thinking about what’s next, even when I’m not writing.
4) Is there a novel coming out? How can we find your work to read, and what would you recommend?
I have just released three sthort stories and one novel in ebook form via Smashwords. The novel, Blood on the Ice, is a humorous urban fantasy involving vampires and minor league hockey. At $5.99, you’re getting pretty good entertainment value since most ebooks will cost you 2-3 times that. You can find it here, along with links to my other stories. www.smashwords.com/books/view/38012
I have a regular blog at www.ianthealy.com where I write about my work and all things writing-related. I also maintain a daily webcomic, The Adventures of the S-Team, done in LEGO, about a team of superheroes. Updated Mon-Fri, it’s at www.ianthealy.com/comic. Finally, I have a workshop/blog about improving action in your writing. I also critique scenes submitted by other writers there. www.writebetteraction.com.
5) How does your webcomic fit in with the rest of your writing? Do you ever get inspired for your fiction work by working on the comic, or vice/versa?
The webcomic began as a simple fun diversion, and most of the time it still is. I’ve learned how to be funny with it, and that’s translated into my less serious works like Blood on the Ice or the short story “In His Majesty’s Postal Service.”
So far I haven’t been inspired to write something in prose from the webcomic, but I reserve the right to do so in the future. 🙂