Life Beyond Writing Q&A: Kevin Guilfoile

Twenty questions for authors, none about writing. Some questions are not in the form of a question. (Previous Q&As may be found HERE.)

This week we have KEVIN GUILFOILE, author of A Drive into the Gap, The Thousand, and Cast of Shadows.

Drive-into-the-Gap-254x3001. Rename yourself.

KG: Barry Manilope.

2. Satan hoofs up and says two words to you. What are they?

KG: “Barry Manilope?”

3. Give us an A+ summer song.

KG: “Bag of Hammers” by Thao with The Get Down Stay Down [Soundcloud]

4. What is the worst injury you’ve ever sustained?

KG: Full body, ventral bruise after being launched from a sled in Brian Boyer’s back yard, righting myself in mid-air, and making spread-eagled, pancake impact with the side of Luke Sampson’s clubhouse. 

5. Form a supergroup using any four musicians, living or dead, that would be thoroughly awesome to experience, for better or worse.

KG: Ray Davies. John Prine. Syd Barrett. Demi Lovato.

6. What was your best Halloween costume?

KG: Nakatomi Towers security guard, the first guy killed in the original Die Hard. Had to explain that one a lot, but worth it.

7. Tell us something you built.

KG: A loft in college that was somehow not the cause of my grisly death. Other than that, most of my construction has been in the medium of Lego. In fact, I’m a little bit famous in my house as the go-to guy when you have to put stickers on those tiny bricks. Fortunately, I live next door to the man who built my house.

8. If you could safely have one non-domesticated animal as a lifelong companion, what would it be? (Fantasy creatures are allowed.)

KG: Minotaur, right? Does anyone ever say anything else?

9. What do you like to grow?

KG: Mold, from the looks of my refrigerator crisper.

978140007827110. Name a thing you love that nobody else you personally know also loves.

KG: This. I wish it were longer.

11. How would you like those eggs?

KG: Two of them, over easy, hash browns, bacon, Greek toast, OJ. Wait 15 minutes, then bring me a Mountain Dew in a to-go cup.

12. What’s the worst thing about your favorite holiday?

KG: The radio station that, starting just before Thanksgiving, plays the same 20 Christmas songs over and over. And I say to my wife, “I just put 300 cool Christmas songs on your iPod. Sufjan Stevens, William Bell, Diana Krall…” and she says, “No, this is fine.” But it isn’t fine. It really isn’t.

13. You’ve just been turned into a lousy superhero. Who are you, and who is your nemesis?

KG: Titanium, a man with really strong knees. Super strong, I mean, not just for his age. His nemesis is Paison, who always orders exactly the right amount of pizza. I’m talking uncannily. Even if extra people show up. Kids. Neighbors. Whoever. Exactly the right amount.

14. Name a thought that has profoundly scared you in the night.

KG: If you were asking my brother this question he would surely say it is the memory of the night I went sleepwalking, grabbed an (unloaded) deer rifle off the wall, jumped up onto his bed and woke him up by gently pressing the barrel into his forehead. If you’re asking me, it’s not whatever I was dreaming that night. I awoke in the morning quite refreshed.

15. You’re stinking rich. What’s the first thing you add to your home?

KG: A portcullis.

16. What are you up to this weekend?

KG: Guitar and drum practice. Two soccer games. Turning the guest bedroom into a music room. Overseeding the lawn. Not laughing when the kids accidentally swear. Grilling. Shiraz. The Wall Street Journal Saturday puzzle. Hockey playoffs. Elmore Leonard’s Riding the Rap. Tapping in on video games when one of the boys has to go to the bathroom. Cleaning the garage. Top of the Lake

978140007826417. Which color makes you feel the most comfortable? The most anxious?

KG: La-Z-Boy Blue. Crippling Magenta.

18. What is the strangest job you ever had?

KG: I was a “houseboy” on a large private estate for three summers. It does make watching Downton Abbey feel more immediate. Also I only just realized this year that my job description (which actually appeared on my paycheck) is probably horribly racist.

19. I mean honestly: aren’t you better off living without ___?

KG: Erasable pens. 

20. James Cameron discovers something new at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. What do you hope it is?

KG: A cassette recording of me, Rob Crampton, Karl Hartmann, and Sam Barwick playing Dungeons & Dragons in 1981. I would rest easier knowing where it is and that salt, water pressure, and the loamy secretions of prehistoric Kraken have rendered it unplayable.

Kevin Guilfoile is the author of two novels, Cast of Shadows and The Thousand, that have been translated into more than 20 languages. His latest book is a memoir, A Drive into the Gap.

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Life Beyond Writing Q&A: Kate Southwood

Twenty questions for authors, none about writing. Some questions are not in the form of a question. (Previous Q&As may be found HERE.)

This week we have KATE SOUTHWOOD, author of the novel Falling to Earth.

Kate Southwood Falling to Earth1. Rename yourself.

KS: Elizabeth Jarvis. This is from the “what is your romance novel author name” game. Take your middle name and the street you grew up in. I grew up on a corner, so I could also be Elizabeth Sheridan.

2. Satan hoofs up and says two words to you. What are they?

KS: “You’re up.”

3. Give us an A+ summer song.

KS: “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” [Youtube]

4. What is the worst injury you’ve ever sustained?

KS: A really dumb cut on my inner forearm. Basically dragged my arm across a rusty nail head and it never even bled, just unzipped the skin on my arm.

5. Form a supergroup using any four musicians, living or dead, that would be thoroughly awesome to experience, for better or worse.

KS: Does the Muppet Band count?

6. What was your best Halloween costume?

KS: Frida Kahlo. Complete with mono-brow and bike handlebar coming out of my stomach. This was when I was an Art History student, and one of my friends dressed as The Sack of Rome.

7. Tell us something you built.

KS: Drawing a blank, although I do know how to use tools and must have built something… Does Ikea flat-pack assembly count?

8. If you could safely have one non-domesticated animal as a lifelong companion, what would it be? (Fantasy creatures are allowed.)

KS: Tiger, please. I really want to pet a big cat before I die.

9. What do you like to grow?

KS: I have a balcony garden in Oslo, Norway where I grow what I can, which is mostly flowers and herbs. I want to grow potatoes.

Kate Southwood Falling to Earth10. Name a thing you love that nobody else you personally know also loves.

KS: Minimalism. I live with packrats, and even the cat has too much stuff.

11. How would you like those eggs?

KS: Scrambled, moist, and salty.

12. What’s the worst thing about your favorite holiday?

KS: Thanksgiving, and that I now live in Oslo. Norwegians don’t do it, don’t get it, don’t get that Thursday off, plus three members of my four-person family are vegetarians, so there’s no point.

13. You’ve just been turned into a lousy superhero. Who are you, and who is your nemesis?

KS: I’m Intergalactica, and I clean up space junk. Do I have to be lousy? My nemesis is NASA, who keep putting more junk out there, so maybe I’m just overworked.

14. Name a thought that has profoundly scared you in the night.

KS: That I would never publish a novel.

15. You’re stinking rich. What’s the first thing you add to your home?

KS: An office. View of trees, bookcases, big comfy chair with ottoman, and a door that stays shut unless you ask nicely.

16. What are you up to this weekend?

KS: Hopefully something to do with St. Patrick’s Day. Again, difficult to do in Oslo. [Editor's note: this Q&A was done a few weeks ago, obviously.]

17. Which color makes you feel the most comfortable? The most anxious?

KS: Most comfortable, probably blue. Most anxious, red. My mother had red carpet in her bedroom briefly in the 1970s, said it was emitting energy and keeping her up at night, and got rid of it. I’ve been mildly suspicious of the color red ever since.

18. What is the strangest job you ever had?

KS: Part-time secretary for a State Farm agent in Chicago when I was 17. He never really taught me to do anything. His dad was the other agent in the office and his dad’s secretary would show me stuff occasionally. I felt I had accomplished something if I got him to put his cigarette in the ashtray before he accidentally ashed on someone’s policy.

19. I mean honestly: aren’t you better off living without ___?

KS: Oreos. But not really.

20. James Cameron discovers something new at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. What do you hope it is?

KS: Well, obviously, it has to be intelligent life sitting there with a smug took-you-long-enough smile.

Kate Southwood received an M.A. in French Medieval Art from the University of Illinois, and an M.F.A. in Fiction from the University of Massachusetts Program for Poets and Writers. Born and raised in Chicago, she now lives in Oslo, Norway with her husband and their two daughters. Falling to Earth, a Barnes & Noble Discover pick, is her first novel.

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Life Beyond Writing Q&A: Eric Devine

Twenty questions for authors, none about writing. Some questions are not in the form of a question. (Previous Q&As may be found HERE.)

This week we have ERIC DEVINE, author of Tap Out.

Eric Devine Author1. Rename yourself.

ED: Liam McCallister. Protagonist of a novel that didn’t make it.

2. Satan hoofs up and says two words to you. What are they?

ED: “You’ll do.”

3. Give us an A+ summer song.

ED: “Shine on You Crazy Diamond”. You just need the windows rolled down and a trip to anywhere. [Youtube]

4. What is the worst injury you’ve ever sustained?

ED: ACL and LCL tear of my left knee during a football game. Almost severed the artery. Separately, I broke my back at L5.

5. Form a supergroup using any four musicians, living or dead, that would be thoroughly awesome to experience, for better or worse.

ED: Jim Morrison, obviously — his darkness was astounding. Eddie Vedder, because he is die hard. Clapton, because…Clapton. And Dave Grohl. Dave can do anything.

6. What was your best Halloween costume?

ED: Train conductor, homemade, complete with giant cardboard train wrapped around me, held up by my suspenders.

7. Tell us something you built.

ED: A paver patio in my backyard. I’m not handy but can follow instructions, almost too well. The pitch on the blocks is a bit too severe.

Tap Out Eric Devine8. If you could safely have one non-domesticated animal as a lifelong companion, what would it be? (Fantasy creatures are allowed.)

ED: I love hedgehogs, not that I’ve owned one or would know how to take care of it, but they are adorable, with a capital A.

9. What do you like to grow?

ED: The grass. I detest mowing.

10. Name a thing you love that nobody else you personally know also loves.

ED: Poetry, mostly William Stafford. No one even likes poetry.

11. How would you like those eggs?

ED: Scrambled with spinach and cheese, and about a half dozen. Bacon, too, if you have it.

12. What’s the worst thing about your favorite holiday?

ED: The lack of sleep and my inability to put toys together at Christmas.

13. You’ve just been turned into a lousy superhero. Who are you, and who is your nemesis?

ED: Self Deprecator. I am at odds with myself.

14. Name a thought that has profoundly scared you in the night.

ED: I’m not good enough. At what is open to interpretation.

15. You’re stinking rich. What’s the first thing you add to your home?

ED: A detached writing studio. My home has an open floor plan and no basement, so my office is semi-permeable.

Eric Devine16. What are you up to this weekend?

ED: Whatever my wife tells me we’re doing.

17. Which color makes you feel the most comfortable? The most anxious?

ED: I love black. As a teen my walls were painted this color. Orange and teal are unnerving, separate or together.

18. What is the strangest job you ever had?

ED: Figure model for an artist. Yup.

19. I mean honestly: aren’t you better off living without ___?

ED: My fashion sense.

20. James Cameron discovers something new at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. What do you hope it is?

ED: Something he can’t use to turn into a movie. Something more profound.

Eric Devine is the Young Adult fiction author of Tap Out and This Side of Normal. His next novel, Dare Me, will be released in the fall of 2013. He lives in Upstate, NY, where he teaches high school English and tries to be the best father and husband he can be.

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Life Beyond Writing Q&A: Robin Sloan

Twenty questions for authors, none about writing. Some questions are not in the form of a question. (Previous Q&As may be found HERE.)

This week we have ROBIN SLOAN, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.

Robin Sloan1. Rename yourself.

RS: John Eliot Sinclair

2. Satan hoofs up and says two words to you. What are they?

RS: “Work harder.”

3. Give us an A+ summer song.

RS: “Merey Mathay” by Kiran Ahluwalia [Youtube]

4. What is the worst injury you’ve ever sustained?

RS: Involved the feet; gruesome; footprints of blood.

5. Form a supergroup using any four musicians, living or dead, that would be thoroughly awesome to experience, for better or worse.

RS: I like the idea of a collaboration between past and future selves, a la Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. I’d like to assemble the Paul Simons of 1972, 1986, 1990, and 2011 and have them all sing in harmony.

6. What was your best Halloween costume?

RS: A member of the Borg. Unfortunately, nobody in my school knew who the Borg were.

7. Tell us something you built.

RS: In my first apartment, I built a bookshelf… out of… BOOKS. Think about it!

8. If you could safely have one non-domesticated animal as a lifelong companion, what would it be? (Fantasy creatures are allowed.)

RS: I want an octopus. They are super smart.

9. What do you like to grow?

RS: Sourdough starter.

Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore10. Name a thing you love that nobody else you personally know also loves.

RS: Cheez-Its

11. How would you like those eggs?

RS: Fried, with the yolk still runny

12. What’s the worst thing about your favorite holiday?

RS: It’s usually quite cold (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere).

13. You’ve just been turned into a lousy superhero. Who are you, and who is your nemesis?

RS: I am DOCTOR PANTS. I fight the shadowy international organization known only as 34/34.

14. Name a thought that has profoundly scared you in the night.

RS: Mostly it tends to be the heightened awareness of my heart beating, paired with the knowledge that, although they are vanishingly rare, there do exist maladies that cause it to just suddenly… stop.

15. You’re stinking rich. What’s the first thing you add to your home?

RS: Secret passageways and/or tunnels

16. What are you up to this weekend?

RS: Going up to Sonoma County

17. Which color makes you feel the most comfortable? The most anxious?

RS: I don’t really respond to colors that way.

18. What is the strangest job you ever had?

RS: My very first job was slightly strange in its simplicity, I guess. I worked at a greenhouse, where I was in charge of the dirt pile. When customers ordered potting soil, woodchips, peat moss, etc., I would carry it out to their car. That’s all I did. I moved dirt.

19. I mean honestly: aren’t you better off living without ___?

RS: …a smartphone? (Allow me to report: yes, you are!)

20. James Cameron discovers something new at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. What do you hope it is?

RS: Unimaginative, but: aliens, alien, always and forever aliens!

Robin Sloan grew up near Detroit and now splits his time between San Francisco and the internet. His first novel, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2012.

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Life Beyond Writing Q&A: Kevin Fanning

Twenty questions for authors, none about writing. Some questions are not in the form of a question. (Previous Q&As may be found HERE.)

This week we have KEVIN FANNING, aka kfan, author of the newly released Magical Neon Sexuality, as well as Let’s All Find Awesome Jobs and Jennifer Love Hewitt Times Infinity. (See below for purchase links.)

KFAN1. Rename yourself.

kfan: My main nickname is kfan but people are always confusing me with the sports radio station, so maybe a better nickname would be kfanAM1030.

2. Satan hoofs up and says two words to you. What are they?

kfan: You again?

3. Give us an A+ winter song.

kfan: “Valley Winter Song” by Fountains of Wayne [Youtube]

4. What is the worst injury you’ve ever sustained?

kfan: I guess maybe 8th grade, when Jen stopped me in the hall on my way to Bio to inform me that Keri had broken up with me? Like no phone call or anything? And people nearby were just stopping to watch this conversation and delight in my heartbreak. And then in Bio Ms. Bazzolo gave us a pop quiz. It was something about planets which was weird because it was supposedly an EARTH SCIENCES class. So I never even understood why we had that unit. Or what I had done to make Keri break up with me after only 2 weeks of “going out”, which basically just meant we talked on the phone after school. Personally I had enjoyed our conversations.

5. Form a supergroup using any four musicians, living or dead, that would be thoroughly awesome to experience, for better or worse.

kfan: Aaliyah, Shiina Ringo, Susanna Hoffs, Astrud Gilberto. This band is apparently all singers so I don’t know if that really makes it a supergroup.

magical-neon-cover-222px6. What was your best Halloween costume?

kfan: The year I realized I was too old to go trick-or-treating even though I still really wanted to, I went to my friend Matt’s house and handed out candy while wearing a pair of his father’s extremely large bright red corduroy pants. They were super comfy and I wish I’d kept them.

7. Tell us something you built.

kfan: An extremely solid Headbanger’s Ball playlist on Spotify.

8. If you could safely have one non-domesticated animal as a lifelong companion, what would it be? (Fantasy creatures are allowed.)

kfan: I can’t tell you how uninterested I am in a lifelong companion that doesn’t clean up its own poop. I really just want to be left alone and not have to clean up an animal’s poop, fantasy or otherwise.

9. What do you like to grow?

kfan: I live in the city, eat at restaurants, and value my time, so I guess I mainly grow  non-attachment to the idea that spending time in a garden is at all useful.

10. Name a thing you love that nobody else you personally know also loves.

kfan: “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows” by The Four Freshmen. [youtube]

11. How would you like those eggs?

kfan: Eggs are the best, I’m down for whatever. Super into eggs lately.

lafaj-cover-222px12. What’s the worst thing about your favorite holiday?

kfan: My favorite holiday is Easter because it has the best candy, but I am allergic to dairy and get super sick from eating it. But the worst thing is all the religion.

13. You’ve just been turned into a lousy superhero. Who are you, and who is your nemesis?

kfan: The Anecdotal Lead, whose powers are useless against The TL;DRer.

14. Name a thought that has profoundly scared you in the night.

kfan: Sometimes there are neighborhood teenagers having conversations in the courtyard behind my apartment at 2 am and I just want to yell at them to shut up but then I think “Well what if they remember which window my face was poking out of and they begin forming a plan to exact revenge of some kind” so then I just lay there being afraid of teenagers all night.

15. You’re stinking rich. What’s the first thing you add to your home?

kfan: If I had a bunch of money I would never add anything to a home, I would just buy a new one whenever I got bored of the current one or too tired to climb the stairs.

16. What are you up to this weekend?

kfan: Finally thinking of better answers to these questions, probably.

jlhxi-cover-222px17. Which color makes you feel the most comfortable? The most anxious?

kfan: I’m fairly colorblind so pretty much any color gives me low-level anxiety.

18. What is the strangest job you ever had?

kfan: One where I sat at a desk in a cubicle all day and had to pretend like I was typing things so no one would get suspicious about me not having any actual work to do.

19. I mean honestly: aren’t you better off living without ___?

kfan: Human emotion.

20. James Cameron discovers something new at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. What do you hope it is?

kfan: Some really great movie footage that people will talk about for years to come. Something that the rest of us can really build memories around.

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Life Beyond Writing Q&A: Nathan Kotecki

Twenty questions for authors, none about writing. Some questions are not in the form of a question. (Previous Q&As may be found HERE.)

This week we have NATHAN KOTECKI, author of the YA novel The Suburban Strange, released today. (See below for purchase links.)

1. Rename yourself.

NK: Daniel Craig

2. Satan hoofs up and says two words to you. What are they?

NK: “Read Goethe?”

3. Give us an A+ summer song.

NK: “She Sells Sanctuary” by the Cult. There is no better soundtrack for cruising down the highway with the sunroof open.” [Youtube]

4. What is the worst injury you’ve ever sustained?

NK: I’ve been quite fortunate in the physical injury department, so in all honesty, I’d have to say a broken heart – worst pain and longest recovery time.

5. Form a supergroup using any four musicians, living or dead, that would be thoroughly awesome to experience, for better or worse.

NK: Elizabeth Fraser, Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann), Brendan Perry (but he doesn’t get to sing), and Brian Eno

6. What was your best Halloween costume?

NK: I was R2D2 at some point in the early eighties. A big cardboard box and a reprehensible amount of aluminum foil.

7. Tell us something you built.

NK: A couple half-hearted forts. A wall of silence. A house of cards.

8. If you could safely have one non-domesticated animal as a lifelong companion, what would it be? (Fantasy creatures are allowed.)

NK: I’m so allergic… Panther, maybe? One of the big cats.

9. What do you like to grow?

NK: Nephews. I just got my second one, yay!

10. Name a thing you love that nobody else you personally know also loves.

NK: “L’Année Derniére à Marienbad” by Alain Resnais.

11. How would you like those eggs?

NK: The best egg dish I’ve ever had was an appetizer at Blue Hill in NYC – a farm fresh egg served easy with periwinkles. Amazing. But everything I’ve ever eaten at that restaurant has been amazing.

12. What’s the worst thing about your favorite holiday?

NK: That it (Thanksgiving) is never going to be the way it was when I was a child/teenager. The mix of people, a pair of houses in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, the food, the leisure, the unassuming joy – over ten or more years I accumulated a Platonic ideal of Thanksgiving by enjoying it in real life. But then the people dispersed, the places are now inhabited by strangers…

13. You’ve just been turned into a lousy superhero. Who are you, and who is your nemesis?

NK: I am the Hipster. I arbitrarily decide I like things, commonly because everyone else thinks those things are gauche, and then I rescue them from obscurity and deliver them to Urban Outfitters. My nemesis is Anna Wintour.

14. Name a thought that has profoundly scared you in the night.

NK: I won’t figure out my purpose before it’s too late. Or I’ll never figure it out at all.

15. You’re stinking rich. What’s the first thing you add to your home?

NK: A Barcelona chair by Mies van der Rohe

16. What are you up to this weekend?

NK: Slaving away at a grant proposal (day job). Writing something amazing. (Hah!) Loving the nephews.

17. Which color makes you feel the most comfortable? The most anxious?

NK: There’s a happy place between grey and indigo that really does it for me. Worst is neon orange.

18. What is the strangest job you ever had?

NK: I worked for a concert promoter one summer back in college, and they threw a kids festival. I helped other college kids get into these massive cartoon character outfits, drove them out to the festival grounds in a golf cart, picked them up after they’d been at it for a while, and then tried to revive them from heat exhaustion before they had to put the outfit back on and go out again.

19. I mean honestly: aren’t you better off living without ___?

NK: Fear

20. James Cameron discovers something new at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. What do you hope it is?

NK: Since “his death” has already been taken, I’ll change it up: A deep and enduring sense of remorse.

Nathan Kotecki has a degree in architecture, has DJ’d at the largest goth club in New York City, and has shown mixed-media artworks in a gallery in Chelsea. (Two and a half of those things are true.) Nathan lives in North Carolina.

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Life Beyond Writing Q&A: Tony Abbott

Twenty questions for authors, none about writing. Some questions are not in the form of a question. (Previous Q&As may be found HERE.)

This week we have TONY ABBOTT, author of the novel Lunch-box Dream, Firegirl, and The Postcard. (See below for purchase links.)

1. Rename yourself.

TA: Sandoval Harper

2. Satan hoofs up and says two words to you. What are they?

TA: “It’s time.”

3. Give us an A+ summer song.

TA: “‘Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers” [Youtube]

4. What is the worst injury you’ve ever sustained?

TA: Falling off my bike and landing on my hands

5. Form a supergroup using any four musicians, living or dead, that would be thoroughly awesome to experience, for better or worse.

TA: Charles Mingus (double bass), Ginger Baker (drums), Norah Jones (vocal and guitar), and Orpheus (lead guitar)

6. What was your best Halloween costume?

TA: I don’t like to dress up, though I realize that doesn’t answer your question.

7. Tell us something you built.

TA: A Nativity scene using cedar shingles when I was nine

8. If you could safely have one non-domesticated animal as a lifelong companion, what would it be? (Fantasy creatures are allowed.)

TA: A tiger

9. What do you like to grow?

TA: My lawn

10. Name a thing you love that nobody else you personally know also loves.

TA: Stacks of books on the floor

11. How would you like those eggs?

TA: Over easy

12. What’s the worst thing about your favorite holiday?

TA: The gifts

13. You’ve just been turned into a lousy superhero. Who are you, and who is your nemesis?

TA: Elbow Johnny. He battles evil with lightning-quick elbow action. His nemesis is named Nemesis, played by Truman Capote in the lost film, Elbow Johnny and Nemesis’s Sisyphus Symptoms.

14. Name a thought that has profoundly scared you in the night.

TA: I work for myself.

15. You’re stinking rich. What’s the first thing you add to your home?

TA: A wall around the yard

16. What are you up to this weekend?

TA: Answering interview questions

17. Which color makes you feel the most comfortable? The most anxious?

TA: Comfortable: Green. Anxious: Skin color.

18. What is the strangest job you ever had?

TA: Dishwasher. Or plongeur, as Orwell has it.

19. I mean honestly: aren’t you better off living without ___?

TA: Censorship

20. James Cameron discovers something new at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. What do you hope it is?

TA: A sealed container holding manuscripts of two undiscovered Faulkner novels from the period 1929-1936

Tony Abbott (born 1952) is an American author of children’s books. His most popular work is the book series The Secrets of Droon, which includes over 40 books. He has sold over 12 million copies of his books and they have been translated into several other languages, including Italian, Spanish, Korean, French, Japanese, Polish, Turkish, and Russian. He has also written the bestseller Firegirl.

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Tony Abbott’s Official Site

Buy his books:

Lunch-Box Dream

IndieBound
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Firegirl

IndieBound
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Amazon

The Postcard

IndieBound
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Amazon