Welcome back, Realmies for another exciting interview! Today we are delighted to have James Rubart talking with us! Let's delve right in. How many books did you write before being published? None. Yeah, I know, crazy that the first novel I ever tried to write was published. Why do you write speculative fiction? What draws you to it? I never thought about it until someone pointed it out to me. (That I write spec fiction.) I was at a conference early in my career and an editor asked if I wrote spec. I said no, contemporary. He asked what my story was about. I said, “It’s about a guy that inherits this house that’s a physical manifestation of his soul.” He starts laughing and says my story is colossally spec. Again, I don’t think about it when I’m writing, I simply write the kind of stories that I’d love to read. It took me a long time to accept the fact that not everyone likes stories with spec elements in them. What’s wrong with them! Yes, at this point I realize we’re not all wired the same. And that’s okay ... I think. [caption id="attachment_782" align="alignleft" width="251"] James shows off his powerful Water-bending skills. Er, Water skiing, yeah, that's what we meant.[/caption] What is your favorite TV show? LOST, greatest show ever to hit the small screen. Sorry, I’ll pretend I don’t hear you if you ask me about the final episode. It didn’t happen. I’m still waiting for it.