Sorin: I was born in Romania and lived there for 29 years, until three years ago, when I immigrated to Canada. I like to think of myself as an aspiring geek, and I hope that one day I can make it all the way to full-fledged status.
Spotlight:How has writing change you as a person?
Sorin: I guess writing has fashioned me into a more observant individual. I have learned to be more aware of minor events, unusual words, random snippets of conversations, and anything that would have otherwise flown under the radar.
Spotlight:What topics have you explored in your writing?
Sorin: Magic, computers, goats, anthropology, viruses, Role-Playing Games, life after death, multiple personalities, and sex – all these topics have been extensively explored in “The Scriptlings”.
Spotlight:What topics would you like to explore in the future?
Sorin: I would love to write about rites of passage, religion, and a band of thieves. If all goes well, this might very well be my next novel, tentatively titled “Son of Neither.”
Spotlight:If you spend the rest of your life in a novel or novel series, what novel would it be and why?
Sorin: It would have to be Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. There is a particularly striking element in this universe, which I find impossible to resist. It is called narrativium, and it is responsible for reifying our belief that things should happen for no other reason than that it is proper (from a storytelling point of view) for them to happen. I would also happily part with an arm and a leg to meet Nanny Ogg in person.
Spotlight:How do you stay confident in yourself especially by putting yourself out there in the internet world?
Sorin: I must admit I had, and still have, some misgivings about becoming a public persona. I tend to regard this as a necessary evil. Whereas in real life you can, to a certain extent, shape your environment and choose the people you want to surround yourself with, this has absolutely no relevance on the Internet. The good and the bad throw themselves at you with an intensity and lack of inhibition that you’re never quite prepared for.
In terms of staying confident and true to myself, I think the only sensible option is to carefully and continually alter what I think of as “myself”. Anything else would be a one-way ticket to madness.
Spotlight:How do you handle rejection? What advice can you offer to moving past it?
Sorin: As human beings, our first instinct is to come up with some kind of elaborate story to explain rejection; but that story seldom has anything to do with the reality. The story I usually tell myself is “Oh well, it was worth trying. If I try long enough, statistics suggests that I will get my break.”
Spotlight:Promote your books in a sentence or less
Sorin: “The Scriptlings” is the unlikely, yet strangely charismatic lovechild you would expect if Magic and Science were to have one too many drinks during a stand-up comedy show in Vegas.
Spotlight:If you could meet any of your own characters, who would (they / it) be?
Sorin: I would like to have a drink with Master Loo and to tell him that everything is going to be okay. I feel that I’ve put him through quite a lot, poor chap, and he didn’t deserve half of it.
Spotlight:What are you working on now?
Sorin: I’m currently doing research for a sequel to “The Scripltings”, called “The Masters”, as well as jotting down some ideas for “Son of Neither”, which I have mentioned earlier.