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Get to Know: Tom Sniegoski

tomkirby22I’m thrilled to get back on track with my series of posts about my clients, after a brief hiatus. Today, I’ve got Tom Sniegoski answering my questions. Tom is the author of more than two dozen novels for adults, teens, and children. His New York Times bestselling teen fantasy YA series The Fallen was adapted into a trilogy of monstrously successful TV movies by ABC Family Channel. The Fallen 5: Armageddon, comes out from Simon & Schuster this August. His other books for teens include Sleeper Code, Sleeper Agenda, Legacy, and Force Majeure, as well as the series The Brimstone Network. The author’s adult novel, A Kiss Before the Apocalypse, developed into a series of novels about the character Remy Chandler. The latest Remy Chandler mystery, Walking in the Midst of Fire, also comes out from ROC/Penguin in August 2013.

Sniegoski’s work for younger readers includes the Billy Hooten: Owlboy series and the fantasy quartet Magic Zero, which he co-authored with Christopher Golden. Magic Zero is in development as a film at Universal. Sniegoski and Golden have also collaborated on the adult dark fantasy series The Menagerie, and multiple creator-owned comic book series, including The Sisterhood, which is being prepped for a feature film by InterMedia, and Talent, currently in development at Universal after a major bidding war.

As a comic book writer, Sniegoski’s work includes Stupid, Stupid Rat Tails, a prequel miniseries to international hit Bone. Sniegoski has also written the Bone: Quest for the Spark novels. Sniegoski collaborated with Bone creator Jeff Smith on the prequel, making him the only writer Smith has ever asked to work on those characters. Sniegoski and Golden also wrote the graphic novel BPRD: Hollow Earth, a spinoff from Hellboy.

Sniegoski was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his wife LeeAnne and their dog, Kirby.

Take it away, Tom!

What are you working on now?
I’ve just wrapped up the last of The Fallen series, The Fallen 5: ARMAGEDDON, and am working on a cool project with Marvel writer/artist Frank Cho, and gearing up to start writing the newest Remy Chandler novel.

What was your favorite book as a child/teen?
When I was a child it was a toss up between Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, and Where The Wild Things Are. As a teen I was really into the reprints of the old Doc Savage pulp novels, and a series of extremely violent adventure books called The Destroyer.

What are you reading now?
Right now I’m reading Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith.

Do you work with a critique group/partner?
There are some amazing fans out there that I often send my first drafts to for initial feedback.

Are you a pantser or a plotter?
I’m a little of both. If I have the time, I love to really plot things out, beat by beat . . . but these days, the deadlines come upon me so quickly that I often find myself kind of making it up as I go. It makes me feel very uncomfortable.

Whatโ€™s your memory of how we started working together? How did our first submission go, etc.?
Hmmm. It was Christopher Golden that recommended you to me, and I think we talked very shortly after that. We’re working together, so I think our conversation must have gone well. I think the first submission that we worked on was for, at the time, the newest entry in The Fallen series, and it went very well.

What other hobbies to you have?
I’m a HUGE comic book geek, as well as a movie buff, and movie soundtrack guy. And I also buy too many books.

What’s a random weird fact about you?
That even after thirty something books, I still think that I donโ€™t know what I’m doing, that my writing is crap, and that my career will be over shortly.

And, of course: favorite pair of shoes?
It’s all about the black sneakers.

Plus, bonus lightning round!
Dog or cat?
Anybody who knows me knows me, or reads my work knows that answer to that one . . . DOG!
Coffee or tea? Tea. About eight cups a day.
Coke or Pepsi? Don’t really drink all that much soda, but I’d say, Pepsi.
Wheat or White? I like white, but know that Wheat is better for me.
MG or YA? YA
Morning or night? Morning. Up just about every day at 5:00am.
Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars (but I LOVED the J.J. Abrams reinvention of the Trek franchise.)
Hogwarts or Narnia? Hogwarts.

And finally, six word memoir. Go!
Suddenly realizing how lucky I am.

Thanks, Tom!

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