Back in 2017, when I was promoting The Mermaid’s Tale, I did an interview with Jesse Teller for his web site. I was looking around, and it’s still a pretty good interview. Since The Luck is on the way, I thought I’d post a link.
Why storytelling? What made you yearn to tell a good story, and how long was this story within you before it came out?
My earliest memory—that’s earliest memory of ANYTHING—was dragging my little brother in his high chair towards the blackboard, so that I could draw Batman adventures for him. I was telling stories before I could read or write.
My first published stories were when I was 13 in the local newspaper. Off and on, I’ve been writing my entire life. It’s a compulsion. I can’t not write. I quit. But sooner or later, it sneaks back.
I think that humans have a creative impulse. We can’t help ourselves. Prisoners in jail cells draw on their walls, housewives create elaborate gardens or they paint pottery. We have to do these things.