The most surreal thing about my job is that sometimes I get to talk to the people who created the art that helped me come to terms with my sexuality and come out to my friends and family. Terry Moore is chief among those artists. And he was also one of the major catalysts that influenced my decision to become a writer. He changed my life. And I wanted to change other people’s lives. And here I am.
Anyway, he chatted with me about the new Strangers in Paradise softcover omnibus, and this was one of the things he said. I love it, of course, because my main dream is to be a superhero.
Write what you love. Whatever that is, even if it seems like an absolutely abysmal career move. Because if it doesn’t work out, at least you wrote something you’ve always wanted. If that carefully positioned market-friendly idea you only sort of like tanks, then you’ve spent years working on something that doesn’t excite you. If something you love tanks, then at least you spent that time creating art that you know, in your heart, is worthwhile.
And it turns out that agents and editors and publicists and readers can tell when your heart is in it. So my big idea was to do myself a favor, and put it there.