For our eighth contributor mini-interview we welcome Joseph Lopez, who previously featured in You Are Here!
Joseph fell in love with speculative fiction at a young age, and has been an avid reader and writer in the genre ever since. He is a practicing attorney in California, a member of GLAWS, the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, and his authorial portal is currently Facebook.
- What was the first story you ever wrote, published or not?
I’ve been writing stories since I was a child, so it’s very hard for me to know for sure! However, my first published short story was “The Memory Monster” in last year’s anthology.
- Who’s your famous-around-the-whole-world hero?
Batman is my favorite superhero. That he has no superpowers makes his stories feel more human. I’ve always been fascinated by the psychology of the Batman series. There are a wide array of characters, both allies and villains, whose costumed identities are shaped by tragic backstories.
- Who’s your no-one’s-ever-heard-of-that-one hero?
My godfather always had a kind of superhero mystique about him. He was a NYPD detective before retiring into private security. He speaks with a quiet confidence and projects a strong moral compass.
- What’s your secret weakness – Fire? Ice cream? Kryptonite?
Calculus! I tried taking a class in it during both my senior year of high school and freshman year of college. Both times, I ended up dropping the class in favor of Statistics.
- What would it take to drive you to a thrilling life of crime?
It was pretty easy for me to turn into a supervillain a couple Halloweens ago. I went as Two-Face because I’m a lawyer. All it required was for me to wear my suit to work and put makeup on half my face.
- Describe your superhero suit – spare no detail!
My contribution to the anthology focuses on a stolen supersuit, so I suggest readers check it out to get the answer!
- If you were Mayor of Pacific City, what would be your first abuse of power?
Pacific City is, in my mind, a place run rampant with crime that requires the help of a few superheroes to clean it up. Were I mayor, I think I’d be tempted to align myself with the superheroes. But isn’t vigilantism a type of “abuse of power” operating outside the bounds of the law?
- That sounds like a lawyerly dodging of the question to me. We’ve danced around this long enough: which are you, Hero or Villain?
Whether you’re a hero or villain is often a matter of perspective. I’m sure I’ve played both roles in different people’s eyes. Of course, I like to think of myself as the hero. 🙂
So, a stolen supersuit, eh? What else is going on in that story readers should check out?
MECHANIC’S LIEN — America used to welcome “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, wretched refuse of your teeming shore” – but how welcome are the little people now? How trusted the immigrants?
Many thanks to Joseph, more interviews are on the way!