BBB: What inspired you to become an author?
JAM: I've been writing since I was about 11. I started with poetry, short stories, and even fan fictions. None of them were any good, but I loved doing it nonetheless. When I was about 17 I thought 'Why am I writing about other people's stories?' It wasn't as though I didn't have any of my own ideas, so began writing books.
JAM: Daemon Theory started out as a comic book actually. It was still going to be a post-apocalyptic romp through a world post-rapture, but it definitely had a more 'Tank Girl/Mad Max' feel to it. It was a dark comedy for sure. All of the heroes were very snarky and quirky, and the villains were extremely over the top. However, when I stepped back and looked at the original draft, it needed a major overhaul and tonal shift.
BBB: Tell us about your main character, Maye Holloway.
JAM: The story's protagonist is Maye Holloway, but the story largely centers around her pseudo-body guard, Alecko. So you could say they're both the main characters. Maye is very much a normal teenage girl (well as normal as you can be in the Daemon Theory Universe). She's a bit of a loner, overly-emotional, and tends to panic a lot when the situation doesn't call for it. Alecko, on the other hand, is a 500 year old Daemon trying to regain her humanity, but still can't seem to grasp the concept of right and wrong. But her dedication to keep Maye out of harm outweighs her Daemonic nature.
JAM: Just about every time I sit down in front of my computer.
BBB: What are you currently working on?
JAM: Well I'm working on the sequel to Daemon Theory, but I also spend a significant amount of time on other projects. At the moment I'm working on a psychological horror novel called 'The Bone Garden'. It's about a modern American Aristocracy and all of the psychotic baggage that comes with forging royalty in the twenty-first century. And that's all I have to say about that!
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
JAM: They can follow me on Twitter @JAltonMast and on tumblr. I usually post pretty regular updates on both sites.