Welcome Steven! Thanks for agreeing to this interview. Let's jump in with the first question...
1. What inspired you to write Bomb Boy?
I had the idea for Bomb Boy during an Adapting the Novel class at SVA. I never liked adapting novels to scripts. I felt it lacked imagination. I would instead adapt songs into short scripts. I found great joy in doing it because it allowed me to create characters, define conflicts, and produce very trippy stories.
Bomb Boy is an adaptation of the Stooges' song, Search and Destroy. The character Bomb Boy was originally named Forgotten Boy. He was literally that -- a mechanical boy who, he thought, was forgotten by his father, the General. The Forgotten Boy's purpose was to search for the enemy capital and destroy it. He had a heart full napalm and would become the runaway son of the nuclear A-bomb with his caregiver.
2. You have such wonderful and rich characters in your book. Who is your favorite and why?
My favorite character is Feathers. He's the most levelheaded of the bunch. He's the kind of person who not only perseveres in this dying world, but thrives. I imagine he wouldn't do very well in our world, though.
3. Bomb Boy takes place in a different dystopian style world. Would you consider it sci-fi, dystopian, or a combination? Any books similar to yours?
I never thought of it like that. I think of it as a drama, really. But for selling purposes, I guess it wouldn't hurt to label it a sci-fi, dystopian. I read The Road a few times while writing Bomb Boy to get a sense of how McCarthy captures loss and abandon. I also revisited Dune to get tips on how Herbert described the landscape and the landscape's affect on the characters.
4. If you had to sum up Bomb Boy in 30 words or less, what would you say?
Veronica grows to love the sentient bomb, Bomb Boy, as a mother would love a son. They escape the military and suffer through the dangerous landscape to find peace.
5. Do you have any writing rituals?
I do about 95% of my writing on the Staten Island ferry.
6. Who are your writing inspirations?
Gaiman for his imagination. Bukowski for his voice.
7. What can we expect from you in the future?
I have about four novels living far away in first-draft land. And I'm also writing a new book, which I think I like. It's about a character named Steven Lombardi who travels to Maine to get eaten by a whale. It's actually very funny (maybe).
8. Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I'm an excellent jogger. There was a time in my life where I could say I was an excellent skateboarder, but things came between me and skateboarding (like twisted ankles and a dislocated knee), so now I only dabble.
9. What tips or advice would you give to upcoming writers?
I consider myself an upcoming writer. So I'll tell others what I tell myself everyday. Don't stop.
10. Is there anything else you'd like to add that hasn't been asked today?
Nope, just want to say thank you for featuring my interview! You're the best, Tina!
About Bomb Boy
Veronica grows to love Bomb Boy, as a mother would love a son, and the two escape to suffer through the scorched landscape wrought with deadly winds, wild raiders, vicious animals, and opposing soldiers as they journey to the Outer Quadrants, a land rumored to be untouched by flame.
All the while, both armies are hunting them down, because whoever controls the Bomb Boy will win the war.
Thanks so much to Steven for coming on the blog today! If you are a sci-fi or dystopian fan, you have to pick up your copy of Bomb Boy!