We had an opportunity to sit down and chat with the Toronto native about his writing, his influences and struggling with rejection. 

LS: How did your childhood and/or family influence you in your professional ‘storytelling’ career?

I grew up watching movies. Reading came later. When I conceptualize a story in my head, I see it first as if it were a movie, so it makes sense to me that my book was described as “cinematic.” But stories were a big part of my childhood. When I played games with my brother, either we’re-the-people games or using toy action figures, there was always a strong emphasis on the story. Our toys were much more than plastic. They were people. They had hearts. They could love and betray. They were very much alive. Trying to recapture the raw imaginative force of playing story-driven games with my brother is honestly one of the main reasons why I write.