How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for about eight years or so. Most of that time was really spent learning the craft. I have three or four novels from that time that will never see the light of day because they weren’t very good… But they gave me practice and taught me what works well and what to avoid.
Which writers inspire you?
Arthur Pontynen is a major inspiration. His book For the Love of Beauty was a life-changer. Philosophy was not something I grew up with and it gave me a lot of answers I needed. It pointed me toward Plato and Augustine and a love of Truth. In the world of fiction John C. Wright, Dostoevsky, and Dan Abnett are four of my biggest inspirations. There’s a wonderful examination of human nature in their works.
So, what have you written?
My first novel was a young adult fantasy called Lightsinger. A trio of high school students end up in a world connected to Earth through a magical nexus and try to get back home. The main character, Mina Violet, is a bit of a philosophy geek so she was fun to write.
I’ve also written a dark fantasy with elements of cosmic horror called Chalk. It’s about a Catholic schoolgirl who is being hunted by abominations and discovers she can make magical constructs by drawing them.
What draws you to Superversive writing?
Superversive writing by its very nature fights against the modernist/postmodernist paradigm. For this, I love it. I’ve grown weary of authors that give us characters that have no discernible virtue. Our culture suffers for it. When I read a story I want to be drawn into a character and universe that can actually inspire me to be better.
What are you working on at the minute?
I am working out ideas for a sequel to Chalk. I have also been working with my wife on a picture book about a young man who wants to become a knight. In addition to those projects I’ve also been dabbling in writing some music.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I read every chance I get. My favorite current authors are John C. Wright and Dan Abnett. I’m also partial to Fyodor Dostoevsky, Brandon Sanderson, Jim Butcher, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, H.P. Lovecraft, and G.K. Chesterton. I am currently reading Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings and am well into Dan Abnett’s Gaunt’s Ghosts series and am trying to catch up on L. Jagi Lamplighter’s Books of Unexpected Enlightenment series.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/nrlapoint