What am I currently working on? A fantasy novel, to be released on Kindle in three separate novellas that will each end on maddening cliffhangers, because yes, I love my readers that much. I do promise to write incredibly quickly, if that's any consolation. Part one should be out this July.
How does my work differ from others of its genre? My current work is not really high fantasy. No swords and sorcery, more knives and knavery. It takes place in an ostensibly non-magical world where ordinary people have to find exceptional bravery to face the terrors that threaten their lands. I'm going to try and subtly tweak as many fantasy conventions as I can: my characters are not perfectly heroic, and everything's not going to turn out just as they plan.
Why do I write what I do? I just love fantasy, sci-fi, mystery and horror. I grew up reading comics, Tolkein, Frank Herbert, Stephen King... These things have shaped my inner fantasy world for as long as I can remember. I love facing the darkness and finding the extraordinary in the mundane.
How does my writing process work? I have very little time in my day to write, so the stories tend to spool themselves up in my head. Then they unwind themselves in frenetic bursts during the brief moments my fingers can hit the keyboard. In between times, I do take a few minutes to outline and plan, for pacing and continuity purposes. And the rest of the time, I just listen as the characters chatter away in my head. If I go too long without writing they start talking really loudly, and I think that can get dangerous.
To continue the chain I nominate: Matthew O' Connell and Andy Peloquin.