Wayne discovered his love for writing at ten years old when he wrote a story where the flowers from his bed sheets came to life. With a voracious appetite for science-fiction and fantasy, it was only natural he turned his pen toward these genres, creating bold new worlds filled with exciting, interesting characters doing incredible things.
In addition to reading and writing science fiction and fantasy, Wayne enjoys spending time with his family, walking, helping aspiring authors, and volunteering in his community.
A Brooklyn native, Wayne currently lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania with his family and cats, realizing his dreams one story at a time.
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1. You chronicle some of your travels on your blog. If you could pick a destination in the universe where you could spend the rest of your days blissfully, which one would it be? Have you ever been there?
This is an unanswerable question! I haven't been everywhere in the universe to know. Surely, there must be other planets that would be perfect if I could only get there.
To answer the question from experience, meaning places I've actually visited, I'd love to have a little cottage in Ireland with a patch of land to walk through. My wife, Barbara, and I visited Ireland for our honeymoon and absolutely loved it. Such a beautiful country. But there are beautiful places all over the world. I think I'd like to travel as much as possible and have a chance to take in as many places as possible, rather than settle on one single location.
2. As a fan of Marvel, who is your favorite superhero?
My love of Marvel characters goes back to the seventies when I first started collecting comics. I loved the complex characters and storylines. Asking me for a favorite is so difficult because each of Stan Lee's creations were unique and special in their own rights.
That said, let me cheat a little and provide two answers. Ultimately, it is the Hulk who tweaked my emotions the most. I always felt sorry for his plight but loved it when he kicked butt. My favorite team is the X-Men. I loved the whole mutant concept and really liked how the various X-Men evolved, from old to new.
But yeah. Love Spiderman, Avengers, Dr. Strange, Daredevil, and so many more. Love how the newer movies really embraced Stan Lee's vision and didn't go off on their own storyline. Most of them. The ones that did, frankly flopped.
3. How about your favorite villain?
Argh, another tough question. I'd go with Magneto. He always struck me as a good guy gone bad from the comics, which the movies have pretty faithfully replicated. And he was powerful enough to give the X-Men a run for their money to make his appearances interesting.
4. If you had to get up on stage and sing karaoke, what would be your go-to song?
I'm a total introvert. I would need a lot of alcohol to sing in public. And at that point the song wouldn't matter.
5. How do you sort the titles in your library?
There's a lot of science fiction and fantasy. Love Asimov, Heinlein, Bradbury, Gene Wolfe, Tolkien, Piers Anthony, Terry Pratchett (was fortunate enough to meet him, he was a very nice man. Deeply missed.) In recent years I went through a classics collection kick using eBay, so I have a lot of old volumes of books by Doyle, Dickens, Burroughs, Verne, Stevenson, Hugo, and more. That said, there's no real organization. I do group authors together, but otherwise the books appear in whatever sequence I acquired them.
6. If you could wake up with a supernatural power tomorrow, what would it be?
I've always wanted to be able to move things with my mind. It might be because I'm too lazy to get up and find the remote.
7. Authors are all about painting sceneries and setting up the mood through the power of words. If you had to limit yourself to a single word in the English language to describe yourself, which one would it be?
8. What was your most fundamental inspiration behind the Peacekeeper's Passage series?
Great question. I started writing this story back when I was a teenager. I won't say how many years ago, but it was before the internet, cellular phones, and the leading video game system was the Atari 2600. Reading Gene Wolfe's "Shadow of the Torturer" inspired me to draft my own first person story, and I really enjoyed it. "How Green Was My Valley" by Richard Llewellyn was another inspiration. I liked the idea of writing a story from the perspective of the protagonist, though there are interesting challenges in doing so.
Fast forward to a few months before my daughter, Sara, was born. I really wanted to publish a book. I always had. Something about bringing a new life into the world inspired me to take a real serious look at accomplishing this feat. Mind you, this was years before self-publishing exploded, so it was go agent or go home with very few exceptions. Once it became possible to bypass that limitation I decided to rewrite and add to the original manuscript to make the story more detailed and interesting, but the fundamental plot and characters remain.
9. How do you take your coffee? If you don't drink coffee, what's your beverage of choice?
I love coffee, though I do enjoy a good cup of tea. Coffee is with creamer and a couple of sugar cubes, the latter a habit I picked up after visiting Ireland. I like strong coffee. The flavored coffees usually smell really good but their taste doesn't live up to the hype from my nose.
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