If you could cook dinner for any author, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you make?
Jane Austen – something with polonium.
What scares you the most about the writing process? How do you combat your fears?
The decision to write another book. I write the book.
Who is your biggest literary crush, author or character?
What books are on your nightstand?
Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince and Katherine Mansfield’s At the Bay.
Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?
Everything inspires me. Everything. Creativity is an act of discovery.
Favorite punctuation mark? Why?
The upside down Spanish exclamation mark. ¡It’s drunk!
What book were you supposed to read in high school, but never did?
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. I read the back page and the first sentence. On my essay, my high school English teacher wrote, “David – you can’t just read the back page and the first sentence.”
What inanimate object would you thank in your acknowledgements?
My Taxi Driver poster: “He’s a lonely forgotten man desperate to prove that he’s alive.”
Why do you write? The first 5 words that come to mind. Go.
Because then I am free.
If you could write an inspirational quote on the mirrors of aspiring writers, what would you write?
The page is a better mirror.