(Wacky Interview Series)
So, I decided to conduct a "fun" interview; something that will give my readers a good laugh and be fun for the authors. You will not find serious questions covering books, publishing, writing or future plans. Instead you will get a chance to see how they react to a bunch of crazy questions and scenarios.
This time around I asked Andrew J. Peters, author of The Seventh Pleiade, if he would consent to do one of these. Happily, he agreed!
He came up with some great answers so here for your reading pleasure is a look inside of the mind of Andrew J. Peters...
1) Who is your favorite comedian or cartoon character and why?
I love cartoons so I have a bunch of favorites. When I was young, they used to run the original Woody Woodpecker, from the 1940s, on TV after school. They were really quite out there, and I remember my brother and I would laugh hysterically and imitate Woody, which drove our parents nuts.
More recently, I used to watch the Comedy Central series Drawn Together, and I had a fond spot for Xandir, who is this elfin RPG caricature who is not so secretly gay. I liked that character because while Xandir gets a pretty brutal lampooning, as all the series’ characters do, I didn’t find it to be mean-spirited. Xandir’s friends actually want him to be more accepting of himself, so the storylines went beyond the usual making fun of a gay guy’s mannerisms. I think that’s rare for gay cartoon characters.
2) How would you describe your sense of humor?
Dry. Sarcastic. Absurd. All three at once if I’m having a really good day. It’s hard for me to sit through a meeting at work without trying to break the ice by cracking a joke. I’m happiest around people who don’t take themselves too seriously.
3) What did you want to be when you grew up?
My earliest ambition was to be a waiter. This was troubling to my mother. She used to drop hints to me all the time: “Are you sure that’s what you want to be?” It was a weird fascination of mine. I had this misguided idea that it was a very glamorous career. I used to practice putting out place settings, and I was always the first to volunteer to clear the table after dinner.
I was always writing, even when I was very little, but my next ambition was to be a veterinarian. That was something my parents could get behind. But I had a marginal aptitude for science and math. I just wanted to get straight to saving orphaned kittens and puppies. In college, I changed my major to psychology, and I became a social worker.
4) Which magical power would you like to have and why?
Invisibility has always held a certain perverted fascination for me. Especially when I was a closeted teenager and checking out the guys in the locker room carried the risk of social and physical annihilation.
I’d also be happy with being able to fly. I hate being stuck in traffic and having to take the subway.
5) If aliens landed in your backyard, what is the first thing you would ask them?
That’s pretty frightening. I’d be tempted to tell them to get the hell away, but I’d probably try a more ingratiating approach and ask them if they’d like to come in for a drink. A little snack perhaps?
6) What would you do if you had a time machine?
I think I would be afraid to use it. Maybe I’ve watched too many sci-fi movies and Twilight Zone episodes, but I carry the fear that changing one little thing in the past will set off a chain of events that could obliterate the existence of mankind.
7) If you had a chance to spend some time with one mythical being, what would it be and why?
There’s a lot to choose from there, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say the Cheshire Cat. I love cats, and a talking cat would be really cool. He seems like he would be a good conversationalist.
8) If you could be reincarnated as an animal, what would you be and why?
I think a big cat, like a tiger, or a lion. Life has got to be easier at the top of the food chain.
9.) What quirky habit do you have that often gets you teased by your peers or family?
Since I moved to New York City, twenty years ago now, people take notice of my rather odd choice of words sometimes. Maybe they noticed it back in upstate New York, and they were just being polite. But somehow words like “peckish” and “ubiquitous” roll out of me in casual conversation. I’ve also been known to exclaim: “Holy Toledo” when shocked or surprised.
10.) My readers want to know what you had for breakfast. Not sure why exactly...
Coffee and a bowl of spoon-size shredded wheat.
11.) Why in the world did you consent to doing this wacky interview? I mean there is not one question here about your books, your writing or your future plans!
Authors will do anything for publicity. Did I mention I’m an author and I have books for sale?
Thanks to Andrew J. Peters for consenting to do this interview!
♥ Be sure to look for Andrew J. Peters' book: The Seventh Pleiade
♥ Also available at these fine retailers: Amazon ~ Book Depository ~ AbeBooks ~ BAM
♥ For more info on the book, please check out my Spotlight Post
♥ You can also read his short fiction: Here
♥ Plus you can connect with Andrew J. Peters on his Facebook Page or on Twitter
♥ For more info on the author and his books check out: Andrew's website or Andrew's blog
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