Interview with Matt Whyman

October, 2009
Matt Whyman

Quick Start


SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

MW: A glass half empty so fill it, please.


What Readers want to know...


SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

MW: Going to bed without having to set the alarm clock.

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

MW: pigeons

SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

MW: Tromso

SS: With whom in history do you most identify?

MW: I'll need a moment on wikipedia to answer this

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

MW: Muhammad Ali. Once upon a time I bumped into him in a shopping centre in Bristol. True fact!

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

MW: I mean really

SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

MW: To be feared at Singstar

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

MW: Seeing my first novel published

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

MW: Cracking jokes at totally the wrong time

SS: What’s your best quality?

MW: Laughing at self for terrible comic timing

SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

MW: Lewis Hamilton. F1 cham 4 ever!!

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

MW: I can never bring myself to retire old jeans. So, my knees are most noticeable.

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

MW: When the cat can't be bothered to go out and does it behind the sofa ... oh, I see what you mean here!

SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

MW: I'm Agony Uncle for Bliss magazine.


General Questions


SS: What is your birthdate?

MW: 4/1

SS: What were your previous occupations?

MW: Wireman (due to a mix up over my surname), forklift truck driver, TEFL teacher,

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

MW: The one I have now

SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?

MW: I went to far too many schools. Never settled.

SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

MW: I'll listen to anything so long as it doesn't have singing. Words get in the way of writing.

SS: What is your favorite movie?

MW: Alien

SS: What is your favorite television show?

MW: Curb your Enthusiasm


Questions About Books and Writing


SS: Who are your favorite authors?

MW: Joseph Conrad

Michael Crichton

Stephen King

Tim Willocks

SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

MW: Heart of Darkness

The Perfect Storm

The Worst Journey in the World

SS: Is there a book you love to reread?

MW: Papillon by Henri Charriere. Not so much reread as finish.

Get more on Matt Whyman at SimonandSchuster.com

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