Interview with Matt WhymanOctober, 2009
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?
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
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.
SS: What is your birthdate?
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?
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
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.
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