I currently have three projects in the works: "Grace," issue #2 is almost finished. Look for a release this summer. Because of the more mature nature of "Grace," I felt obligated (to my youngest daughter) to create a book appropriate for all ages, about an imaginative tomboy called, Princess Rosalie. It is in the final stages as well. That will also see a summer release. Lastly, I am the writer on a very exciting vigilante story called, "Wolves in the Streets." I'm am very fortunate to be collaborating with an incredible artist named Derek Smith. His work is simply a cut above and I really can't wait for people to see the finished product, which should be out this fall.
2) Whom in your field do you admire most and why?
There are the obvious giants, like Jim Lee, Frank Miller, and even new kids like Kirkman who have been an inspiration. But I have to say that Becky Cloonan is absolutely amazing. Her style is so distinct and exciting. And I totally stalk her on Instagram so I get to see all her cocktail napkin doodles. Really inspiring stuff. She does exemplary work for the "big boys", but she truly shines when she works on her own projects. Also, I'm completely blown away by Diaz Canales and Guarnido's Blacksad series. When I grow up, want to be Cloonan or Guarnido.
3) How did you get into the comic book field?
I have been an artist and writer for many years, but it wasn't until I saw a character sketch my partner in crime, Derek Smith, did for "Wolves" that I really went full steam ahead.. I told him that they would make an amazing comic. He challenged me, saying, "If you write it, I'll draw it." At that point, I was on a tear. Reading "Sin City" and "The Walking Dead" gave me the confidence to explore not only my writing, but my sequential art. The art in both was very understated, but it didn't matter because the stories were so strong, and they had something real to contribute to the world of comics.
4) On which title would you most like to work and why?
I'm doing it. I'm working on the kinds of stories that I feel are missing from the world of comics. That said, I would love to collaborate with someone like Cloonan. Someone that can take my stories somewhere a little different so that the melding of the two ideas creates something truly unique. I love collaborating. Then again, how much fun would it be to work on a story arc for Deadpool?! Nothing but cheesy one liners and really awful groaners! That would be an absolute riot!
5) On what project will you be working next?
I have a few other ideas percolating, but I'm hesitant to force any of them. I want them to happen when they're ready. Until then, I probably have plenty on my plate. We have a really exciting story arc in progress with "Wolves in the Street," and Grace's story is just beginning. There is so much to say with that character, so many complexities and obstacles yet to explore. I hope that it meets a very great need in comics: the need for strong female characters that aren't over-sexualized, weak or easy gender re-assigned versions of existing characters. She's smart, powerful and quite possibly the antithesis of the typical female comic book character.