Author, podcaster, and eclecticist.
Hi there. I’m Otto.
I write things down. It’s cheeper than therapy and carries the vague chance of becoming a career one day. My books range from lighthearted adventure novels in the vein of the Uncharted games to dark, bloody thrillers set in the ruins of the modern world. Both make me equally happy.
The characters in my books are normal people. That is: They come in a range ethnicities, genders, and sexualities, and I do my best to represent them all as fully developed humans. They also have a tendency to be grappling with psychological issues, complex relationships, and dark backgrounds. Sympathies if any of this is upsetting, but the more people I meet the more I’m convinced that we’re all a little broken and the best way of putting ourselves back together is by sharing and connecting with each other, even if it’s through fiction.
My passion lies in the stories people tell. Not just the tales that we write down in novels, but in the little fictions which we spin for ourselves each day to try and make sense of life. In this vein, my podcasts (What in Me is Dark and Pixel Wretches) are focused on examining what makes creative people tick, what drives us to put ourselves on a canvas for the world to see, and what hidden fears continue to hold us back from reaching our full potential.
So dive in and explore what I’ve got on offer. You’ll find free books (both electronic and audio), links to helpful and fascinating websites, and lists of inspirational music and films, to name just a few.
Drive meets Ghost in the Shell in a ruined America.
A Cold Day to Drown explores the dark side of a future society on the brink of a titanic shift. A couple hundred years from now, the seas have risen, antibiotics have failed, and half the population has been wiped out by an engineered plague. Trapped in this bleak world, Talbot Liu is a fixer trying to find a missing girl among the chaotic fringes of a city owned by gangs and corporations.
Inspired by classics of modern noir cinema like Drive and Blade Runner, infused with the science fiction flavor of Ghost in the Shell and All Tomorrow’s Parties, and tainted with smidgen of end times paranoia, A Cold Day to Drown is a thriller for anyone who likes their stories packed with mystery, violence, and a wood chipper load of dark humor.
Or you could think of it as my ode to the films of Ryan Gosling, by way of William Gibson and an “alternative facts” America.
I’m in the process of editing A Cold Day to Drown and posting the book to this website after having it rejected by 34 agents. Maybe the book isn’t marketable. Maybe I’m just terrible at writing proposals. Why don’t you give it a read and tell me what you think?
Meanwhile, off planet…
I’ve also published two science fiction novels, with more in production. Burning in the Void is a story of desperation and transhumanism aboard a failing interstellar space ship. Dyson’s Angel is a cyberpunk space opera set in a universe where the solar system has been destroyed by a cataclysmic alien attack. Both are available for purchase on Kindle and in paperback, or can be read for free on Inkitt and Inkshares.