(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 Paul Cude -- author of Bentwhistle The Dragon, A Young Adult Fantasy Series -- if he would consent to do one of these and he agreed!
He came up with some great answers so here for your reading pleasure is a look inside of the mind of Paul Cude...
1) Who is your favorite comedian or cartoon character and why?
It has to be the Road Runner. I love the way he outwits Wile E Coyote every time and then mocks him with a MHEEP MHEEP, before speeding off into the distance. Who wouldn't want to be that smart, and able to out think your nemesis at every twist and turn, no matter how elaborate their devious and cunning plans are? The Road Runner is vastly underrated and has the mind of a genius.
2) How would you describe your sense of humor?
Quirky/Wicked/Cheeky/Twisted I suppose. My wife also said 'daring'. Generally I'm quite shy, so among strangers or on meeting new people, my sense of humour probably wouldn't come across too much. But with my friends, family and people I know well it comes to the fore and they would probably all think of me as being renowned for my sense of humour. In the past, as part of numerous hockey teams, I've played more than my fair share of pranks, as well as being on the end of quite a few. I think if you dish it out, you certainly have to be able to take it with good grace. On one occasion, it was one of the female hockey player's birthdays. Being Welsh, she used to get plenty of sheep jokes fired her way. She had a party at the sports club. Unbeknown to her, we'd stolen her car keys, moved her car to the very edge of the car park, not quite visible from the clubhouse, and dressed said car up as a giant sheep. It looked brilliant! It was covered in wool, we'd made a face, legs, the lot. But that wasn't the best part. On our away hockey match, the five people in my car had spent the entire trip, there and back, the previous morning, all recording a cassette. A cassette of sheep noises. With the sheep/car situated in the right place, everybody turning up for the birthday party, was greeted by a giant sheep that continuously BAAed at them. This went on for about the first hour and a half, until one of the last arriving guests mentioned to the birthday girl, how much they loved the sheep. We/ I was rumbled. Everyone thought it hilarious. Needless to say she got her own back some time later.
As well, with people I know, it would be fair to say I mock them, possibly a little too much. I played in one hockey team with a very talented, but quite moody teenager. We started to become friends, and of course I started mocking him, as I would some of the other players (those closest to me). I played a prank on him in front of the whole clubhouse one Saturday night, phoning up and pretending to be his girlfriend. Unusually, he took it quite hard. A while later, we ended up speaking about it outside. He couldn't understand why I'd done it, and was upset that we weren't friends. At the time, it was all I could do not to laugh. I sat him down and got him to think about all those members of the side that were my closest friends. I asked him to think about how I behaved towards them. He did, for a few minutes, but was still puzzled. It was only when I explained that the players in the team I didn't mock, weren't very close to me, and I would only regard as teammates and not true friends. I also pointed out that my closest friends were generally the ones that I mocked mercilessly. He cheered up quite a lot after that. We've been firm friends ever since.
3) What did you want to be when you grew up?
I can remember being quite small and wanting to be a deep sea diver when I was older. I had an action man figure that had all the diving equipment, air tanks, mask, flippers, etc and I would play with it non-stop. I also seem to remember having some books about divers. When I was a little older, not quite in my teens, I can remember wanting to just draw. I would spend hours in my bedroom drawing things from my imagination (generally Star Wars) or trying desperately to copy things from one of my comics. I used to regularly get a comic called 2000AD. The artwork was mesmerising. I found myself tracing it at first, but it wasn't long before I could copy some of it freehand. Of course it wasn't really that good, but I loved doing it, and I suppose if it wasn't for the fact that I found hockey only a short while later, then perhaps my life might have taken a different direction.
4) Which magical power would you like to have and why?
I would like the ability to read minds. To be able to tell if someone is telling the truth would be a great asset. As well, it would save so much time. If someone tells you they're going to do something, but you can look into their mind and see that they have no intention of doing what they've just said, you needn't waste your time waiting and hoping for them to follow through. It shouldn't be necessary, but would almost certainly be valuable beyond belief. If I had this ability, the first thing I would want to do would be to find some politicians and ask them some awkward questions.
5) If aliens landed in your backyard, what is the first thing you would ask them?
I'd travel back to my early teens and chat to myself. I'd tell me about some of the mistakes I'd make, in an effort to avoid them. I'd also tell me how rewarding I find working in a classroom with children and how much I want the teen me to train as a teacher, in the hope that he would listen. And to offer some kind of hope, I'd tell the teen me about the happy ending......how happily married I am, to a wonderful wife, and how I have the two most gorgeous children in the world.
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?
No contest on this one. It has to be a dragon, given that my books and dreams are both full of them. Imagine seeing something like that cutting through the air from a distance! It's hard to think of a more powerful or seductive sight. I guess it would be both awe inspiring and terrifying at the same time, to see something with that much power, ferocity and beauty, in its natural environment. It would be a dream come true to witness it. And just maybe I could hitch a ride....that's hard to imagine, but I can't think of any other experience that could beat a journey on a dragon's back.
8) If you could be reincarnated as an animal, what would you be and why?
This is much trickier than I thought it would be. Part of me likes the idea of being something at the top of the food chain, like a Saltwater Crocodile or a Great White Shark. It would encompass my love of the water, with my fascination for animals that scare me. But on reflection, it's difficult to pass up the chance to have the ability to fly. I can only imagine how exhilarating it must be to whip in and out of the trees, to zoom effortlessly up a stream, only inches above the water. Just thinking about it sends goose bumps down my back. So on consideration, I think I'd like to be a bird, something like a Kingfisher, that lives near the water, and spends most of its time in or around rivers. Moving water has always fascinated me.
9.) What quirky habit do you have that often gets you teased by your peers or family?
Two quirky habits. The first is that I have a 'spot' on the sofa, just like Sheldon from 'The Big Bang Theory'. My children and wife tease me about this....all I can say is that I had my spot, long before the 'Big Bang Theory' was even made. Second, if we go for a day out somewhere (the beach, theme park, shopping for the day) I always insist on leaving really early and missing out on all the traffic. Much as I used to be able to lie in until mid-morning, the arrival of children has long since seen all of that disappear, and since I despise being stuck in traffic (a pet hate from over 15 years of being a service engineer) we all leave as early as possible. Most of the time we've had our day out, done everything we've wanted to, and watch the traffic queuing in the opposite direction as we return home. There are no complaints about what time we left when that happens.
10.) My readers want to know what you had for breakfast. Not sure why exactly...
I had a strawberry yoghurt, normally my breakfast of choice. But sometimes it's porridge. I'm diabetic you see, and try very hard to eat healthily. It's not easy, but I find breakfast the easiest time of the day to eat something that's good for me. I only tend to struggle in the evening, but of late, things have been going a lot better.
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!
You're right...there's not. But a glimpse into the personality of an author can be a rare and special thing. My books for example are all about me. If you wanted to learn about everything that I value, and everything that goes on in my tiny little head, you should read one of my books. Hockey, dragons, loyalty, family, all blended together with the slightly twisted/quirky/wicked/cheeky sense of humour I mentioned before. And who, at one time or another, hasn't wondered what the author of a book they're reading thinks? Whether it's about some aspect of the plot, the setting, or one of the characters. My favourite author in the whole world is Terry Pratchett, he of Disc World fame. I would love to meet him for half an hour. I'm convinced we would get on like a house on fire. To me, his books are fabulous. I can instantly visualise the plot, and the humour has me crying with laughter. I'm positive we share the exact same sense of humour. As well, it's great to get an insight into the thoughts of others. One of his books opens with some of the guards running a scam, getting carts pulled by horses clamped, while a camera with an imp inside photographs (draws a picture) of other carts going either too slow, or fast. You just know that all of that must have come to him, when at some point he's been caught in a speed camera, or given a parking ticket. What a fabulous mind. I love the way it works.
Thanks to Paul Cude for consenting to do this interview!
♥ Book One - A Threat From The Past - is available at these fine retailers:
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♥ Book Two - A Chilling Revelation - is releasing on Smashwords March 1, 2014
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