WS: What genre do you write in and why?
JR: Broadly, speculative--science fiction, fantasy, horror, fabulism...it's always been the fantastic for me, since I was a kid, fiction and poetry and art that opens doors and pushes our sense of the possible beyond its bounds.
WS: What is your favorite book or writing craft book? Why?
JR: I'm very bad at picking one of anything.
WS: What fears do you have about your writing?
JR: That it sinks without much ripple, away into the deep tarn, and doesn't reach many people at all, that it is ignored and underappreciated.
WS: If you could have dinner with any famous author (dead or alive) who would it be?
JR: I would have liked to have had dinner with Tanith Lee.
WS: What are your tips for submitting writing?
JR: Read the guidelines, don't take rejections personally, keep at it.
WS: What's the best (or worst) writing advice you've ever received?
JR: "You're going to have to get in the hot tub with the luddites." Michael Swanwick at Clarion West.
WS: What inspires your writing?
JR: Beauty, dreams, wonder, nature, hope, pain, love, longing, other stories in books, movies, art. Language itself, and visions of worlds beyond ours, within ours, within us.
WS: Where are you from and does that place ever enter into your writing?
JR: Philadelphia, Florida, California, the road, Texas, cities and rural places...I moved around a lot as a child and young adult, so in a sense, no place and many places enter into my writing.
WS: Do you do research for your writing? If so, what are some unexpected resources you’ve found?
JR: Yes, lots of it. I like image resources, museum and other digital archives, as well as scholarly articles, science papers, and collections of letters and journals.
WS: Drop any links or promos for your recent work, include your social media links.