This week, I've been interviewed for a guest blog over at Jewel E. Leonard's website, as part of her Friday Frivolity feature - it will be posted tomorrow, so please keep an eye on her site! She also tagged me in a blogging questionnaire making the rounds about the 7 Deadly Sins. Without further ado, my answers...
Pride. Share a line or small scene that you’re really proud to have written.
“Hello, Ral.” Dorothy laid a hand on his forearm. “How are you?”
Envy. Tell us about the book you wish that’d you written.
It's actually A Series. .... of Unfortunate Events. Lemony Snicket's 13-book yarn about the trials and tribulations of the Baudelaire orphans starts out as standard silly, vaguely repetitive middle-grade literature, but by the end of the series, you realize he's been seeding an enormous plot through the entire thing. It's got nods to a ridiculous amount of classic books, some really deep themes about good and evil, and such a great sense of humor and style to it. I hope I can even come close to the amount of foreshadowing and plot-seeding that those books have.
Wrath. Tell us about a trope or cliche that makes you furious.
Romance plots that only really take off after one character makes some major physical or superficial change in order to Win The Heart Of Their One True Love. My favorite example of this, hands-down, is "Grease".
Gluttony. Tell us about a trope you just can’t get enough of.
I'm a huge fan of what I call The Sarcastic Sage: mentors who have immense knowledge and wisdom, but really aren't about to take any crap from their students, and give their attitudes right back to them. See: Rafiki in The Lion King, Durzo Blint in Brent Weeks' Night Angel Trilogy, Men in Black's Agent Kay, and of course ... these two:
Lust. Tell us about a character you’d do unspeakable things to.
Honestly, I don't lust after any of my characters. I can tell you that I have a few characters that embody the trait pretty well, though: Dr. Jon Knight, in particular, is a ladykiller and confirmed bachelor.
Sloth. Tell us about your favourite form of procrastination.
Ohhhh, it's definitely The Internet. Not even one particular site: just that organic process that leads you from "hey, there's a neat new picture from the set of that movie I want to see" to a lengthy article on the cultural importance of the kumquat half an hour later. Some days, I really don't know how I end up in the places I end up, but my brain is such a fantastic sponge that most of the time, I don't mind. For someone who's always enjoyed the concept of a "Renaissance Person", the internet is a very, very dangerous place.
Greed. Tell us which author’s top of your auto-buy list.
At the moment, I'd have to say Neil Gaiman and Lynn Flewelling, though Daniel Handler, Libba Bray, and Christopher Moore are also pretty high up there. In my youth, I binge-read Christopher Pike and Brian Jacques in equal amounts ... which explains an awful lot, looking back.
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