So basically, he's a unicorn.
I've known Briggs since he was still some skinny kid that looked far more like Harry Potter than Daniel Radcliff could ever dream. Admittedly, he's grown up a lot. He's now a rock-climbing enthusiast, Ninja Warrior veteran, and amateur chef... you can hardly see the remnants of the geeky little boy I used to know so well. He's still there though, and that's why we Rebels love him! Since we all want YOU to get to know him, as well, I threw together a few interview questions and tracked down our unicorn for some answers.
When did you have that “aha!” moment when you Knew you wanted to write?
I would say it was when I read Where the Red Fern Grows. I was a tenth of a point short of getting into the 100 point club as 4th grader the day before the deadline. The librarian was adamant that I couldn’t squeak by with anything but a hundred and suggested I read one of the 1 point books and pass the test in a few minutes. Being a kid whose only real skill of the time was reading I took offense and grab a book randomly from the refiling bin. So began my challenge to read the saddest book I’ve ever chosen to read, in under a day. I felt for each character in that novel like I never had before. I had read much more “advanced” books by that time but something in the realness of that novel changed the way I approached books. It wasn’t long after that all the stories I had make believe as a kid seemed like they could one day end up books. If only I could sit down and concentrate.
If you were were writing your self into a book, what would be your tragic flaw?
This one is actually pretty easy to answer. I am far too trusting. I have learned over the years I can’t help everyone, but I still put myself in situations where I am all but in danger trying to make someones life better… and sometimes actually am.
Have you always loved reading?
I remember having a book that my brother read as his first book. I was so envious. It seemed amazing. The ability to escape. To make any story real in your mind. So I would say I learned reading early almost out of spite. But I was right. I loved reading from the first moment I finished that story all by myself. I had a second locker for books in Middle School and was pulled out of class for excessive reading in Junior High. So yeah I would say I have always enjoyed reading.
What is your go-to genre to read? Why?
As a kid it was sci-fi/ fantasy and would take an occasional break to read mysteries. I loved to and still love to escape to a different would. As a kid Sci-fi/fantasy was to flee from ours and live another life on paper. Now I love to go on that same journey, but instead use fiction to distill moral and philosophical concepts on ruminate on them in a way I don’t think is possible in non-fiction reading or even plain discussion. I always loved mysteries because they were like giant riddles that you can solve. Now imagine how elated I was when Regan Claire introduced me to The Dresden Files. It’s still my favorite series to this day.
Has a book ever changed your life? Which book was it, and how did it affect you?
Sweet, another easy question. I would have to say it is Ender’s Game. The full way it changed me as a person to this day deserves it’s own post, but lets just start with how it changed my view on politics of gender, race, future sustainability, and the use of children as a resource. I read that book my first year in an advanced school so I felt like I was Ender. I even have a smart but aggressive older brother and an incredibly intelligent and compassionate sister. I'm going to stop there and pick this up in a later blog post.
We’re all a bunch of geeks and nerds here, but what is the geekiest thing about you that has nothing to do with books? Done anything worthy of the Nerd of the Year award?
I am an avid tabletop RPG player. I play weekly at a minimum. I have played over 15 diffrent systems, ranging from DND (3.5, 4.0 and even playtested some of NEXT), GURPS, Star War Saga edition and many many more. I am a Game Master about half of the time which either exercise or saps my writing potential based on your perspective. (I have NO idea what any of this means... other than you can't always judge a geek by his non-geeky exterior)
If you could have a mythical creature as a pet, which would you choose?
My answer is a little lame for this one. I would choose a Temple Dog from Dresden Files. Practically a normal dog, but one that can see and bite ghosts and even more wacky powers. I mean having something crazy like a phoenix could be cool. But think about all the time spent cleaning up ash…
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an actor. Funnily enough my mom took that to mean I want to be a true old school actor, which means I had to be a triple threat. I started and completed 3 years of Ballet and Jazz tap, but wasn’t a strong willed enough kid to stand up to the bullying. I wished I had kept up and still look to find the time to pick dancing back up.
Anything else you want to know? Leave a comment with your question and Briggs will be sure to answer!