I love stories. I'm sure that's obvious because I'm a writer, but stories are something I'm absolutely passionate about. When I was younger, I read voraciously. I read Lord of the Rings when I was 12 or 13. I read La Morte d'Arthur in my teens. The Death and Return of Superman was one of my favorite books as a teenager. So was the Animorphs series. I read all kinds of stuff, rarely writing anything. In fact, the first thing I remember writing for fun was a comic book about "SuperJake in 6th grade." Pretty narcissistic and yet telling of the kinds of stories I'd write later on.
I watch a lot of television and movies. I'm very critical of visual media, and very picky about anything I read. I expect to be grabbed immediately by a book whether by the character, the plot, or something about it. With a show, I want there to be something holding me from episode to episode. Usually, in stories I want there to be a "big bad." Some overarching conflict that takes me from week to week slowly drawing me closer to an inevitable battle or showdown. That's the kind of entertainment I LOVE.
The Psion series is similar. I wrote it while I was watching LOST. I enjoyed the cliffhanger endings, the introduction of new mysteries, the mythology it built, and the complexity of many of the characters. Another show with a similar style is Avatar: The Last Airbender. These types of shows are things I'm passionate about. Long, arcing stories with brilliant characters that keep you watching for those epic moments you never forget. That's what I try to do in the Psion books and anything else that I write.
I hope to be able to tell many of my stories. I'm sure many of them will be in this vein. The Psion series is a good example of what I will be writing for a long time: action-packed stories with characters you love and others you hate, and some you feel a bit of both toward, all of them racing toward an epic climax. It's exciting to think that I have only one more Psion book to write, and then I can "go" anywhere I please: imagining and building new worlds or expanding on old ones.