Today we’re joined by K O’Shea. K is a wonderful writer who has completed a fascinating sounding graphic novel. Anytime someone mentions The Maltese Falcon, I perk right up (I’m a sucker for noir). K’s novel is entitled The Ghost Army of Atlantis and it’s currently being illustrated. It’s clear they’re very passionate about the project, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I currently have an unpublished but fully written graphic novel called The Ghost Army of Atlantis: A Millie Buckle, Ace Investigator Adventure. It is currently being drawn and colored by the artist, who is an equal partner on the project.
Millie Buckle was a project I began while I first was working out what being asexual meant to me, and is a reflection of what I always wanted in literature – awesome women, zero romance, and skeletons fighting ghosts in a two-page spread splash panel. Millie is a private investigator in the 1930s who often gets called for some of the weirder crimes – the elevator pitch is basically “What if The Maltese Falcon also summoned ghosts?”
I also write the occasional editorial and review on a website created by friends.
What inspires you?
A lot of my inspirations come from experiences or shared stories with my friends, but I do take a lot of influence from the books and movies I had growing up. There’s a little bit of Stephen King in me, but also some K.A. Applegate and Terry Pratchett.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
Honestly, I always have ideas for stories, but I get the most excited when I get to share them with friends and family.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
That would probably be a good idea, huh? Probably my love of the semi-colon, which gets used far more than grammatically should be allowed.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Don’t be afraid to shove things back in the vault if it’s not working. You might get to it later when you’ve learned more. It’s okay to let yourself stop and move on to something else if you’re just not feeling it. If you force it, it’ll come out forced.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Sex-neutral, alloromantic, asexual. It’s never been that important to me as it has been for my partners – I get intimacy from emotional bonds and physical closeness.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Not personally, but I’ve seen more published authors struggle with it.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That my marriage is not as valid as it otherwise would be. My spouse and I love each other, and sex doesn’t factor into it. We’re no less married than we were before I figured this out.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
You’re not broken. You are absolutely not broken.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
My reviews, editorials, and former podcast (I have since given it to my former cohost who continues to produce it) are at Made of Fail Productions (http://www.madeoffail.net). When Ghost Army is nearing artistic completion and ready for publishing, it will be there as well.
Thank you, K, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.