I saw this on a rather wonderful blog I found today called The Bookie Monster, which you can find here. It looked like a fun little exercise and I thought it might give you the chance to learn a little more about me. So here goes:
1. What is your favourite book?
This is a question I’ve been asked a lot over the years. I’ve given it a lot of thought, and came up with two. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Shining by Stephen King. The reasons being are that these are the two books that sparked my love affair with books and also the reason that I wanted to become a writer myself. Maybe one day I’ll get to tell such imaginative and well loved stories.
2. What are your goals? For the year? For your life?
For the year, I want to get my blasted manuscript finished and ready to start submitting to agents. I hope that by 2016, I’ll have a big pile of rejection. For life? Well, doing this writing lark for a full-time career would be nice but that’s just a pipe dream.
3. Are you a writer? If so, tell me about your work.
Yes and, erm read this blog?
4. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Somewhere hot and sunny with a beach and with free-flowing whiskey.
5. What was the last movie you saw in the theatre and was it worthwhile?
Big Hero 6 and yes it was. One of the best animated movies I’ve seen.
6. I’m curious, are there any books that you’ve tried to read and simply couldn’t finish? This is a no judgement zone.
There are but I’m not going to name them. I don’t feel that would be fair to the authors, editors or publishers that created them. They work extremely hard to get those books out there and into the hands of readers.
7. Are you currently working on a new book/project right now? If it’s secret, you don’t have to tell me about it. If so, however, I hope it’s going well.
I am. It isn’t secret but as I’m still working a lot of it out, I don’t want to go into too much detail and commit myself to things within that project that might change. Suffice to say, I’m working on a book, a couple of competition entries and also making this blog something successful and worthwhile.
8. If you could live in any of your favourite books, which one would you choose?
That’s a tough one as many of my favourite books have aspects that would be amazing to experience and others that would be downright terrible and horrifying. I guess as long as I didn’t have to go to anywhere like Mordor or the Lonely Mountains, Middle-Earth would be fun.
9. Are there any book-to-movie adaptations that you think are just incredible? That you absolutely hated?
Obviously, The Lord of the Rings absolutely nailed how you adapt a book as did the film version of To Kill A Mockingbird. Ones I hated, well the film of The Road was a major disappointment for me. It was like they kicked out the main themes of the book to include more bloody violence which was only really hinted at in the book.
10. What do you look for in a book that you want to read? What’s the first thing to capture your attention?
Even though you’re never meant to, I do judge books by their cover. If it’s got a snazzy illustration or a dragon, it will get my interest. I then tend to scan the first couple of pages and see if I get hooked.
11. If you’re an author, what do you do when you first get an idea for a book?
Scribble it down, and then lose the bit of paper I scribbled on. Or failing that, jot in a notebook or on my phone.
12. How do you feel about different genres? Romance? YA? Sci-Fi? Poetry? Do you have any favorites? Any least-favourites?
My favourites are SCI-FI and Fantasy but I will give anything a go. Hell I’ll read the back of a cereal packet if that’s all that’s at hand.
13. If you could meet any writer in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
Stephen King so I could steal his mojo and become an amazing author.
14. Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
Both. Depends on the subject matter.
15. Are there any characters that everyone loves that you can’t stand? Or vice versa?
Not that I can think of. Those Night Garden things bug the crap out of me.
16. What do you like to do besides reading/writing?
Watching movies, TV and Football. Also some outdoors stuff such as rock climbing and hiking. I also have a fondness for classic cars, not that I can afford one.
17. If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?
Being an all round good guy would be nice.
18. What is your favourite guilty pleasure book?
I don’t have one as I’m not ashamed of any of the books that I like.
19. Do you have a reading goal set for this year?
Currently just to keep recording them here and read lots more than last year.
20. Tell me anything about yourself that I haven’t asked. Random fact. Weird human trick. Whatever.
My favourite food is sausages.
There you have it. If you like what you’ve read, have a go yourself and either answer the questions in the comments or link to your own blog in the comments. I’d love to see how your answers differ.
Thanks for reading.