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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Author Interview with Lance Manion

1.Why do you write?
To see if it's just me that thinks this stupid stuff. When I read that Justin Bieber sold out 2 shows at Madison Square Garden in under 30 seconds it makes me feel like I crash landed on this planet. Writing is the only thing stopping me from walking in front of a speeding cement mixer.

2.How many books have you written?
2. Merciful Flush and Results May Vary

3.What inspired you to write your (latest) book?
5 years of blogging started to pile up. Thought it would be nice to have a vehicle to introduce my blogging to a broader audience.

4.What is your favorite genre to read?
Science Fiction

5.Is your writing style at all influenced by those of your favorite authors?
As Bono said; "Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief."

6.Which is your favorite book that you’ve written?
The new one coming out in the winter.

7.What is your opinion of the art of writing?
Most people start when they are in first grade. Then they learn more and more words until they can completely hide the original intent of their writing... even from themselves. Writing is easy, being honest is difficult.

8.What advice would you give someone who is just beginning their own novel?
Try to always feel like an outsider. A fraud. The conventions, seminars and cocktail parties have enough people there taking themselves too seriously as is. Relax and be yourself. If it offends people all the better.

9.Do you have any funny and / or interesting stories about how you’ve come up with plots or characters?
Not really. The sad part is that 90% of what I write is just me trying to capture some dumb thought before it heads off into the abyss.

10.Coke or Pepsi?
Coke. If I see someone drinking a Pepsi when a Coke is available to them they are dead to me.

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