Interview with Chris Mancini

October, 2009
Chris Mancini

Quick Start


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

CM: Joyfully unpredictable.

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

CM: Keep trying, even if everyone thinks you're crazy. One of you has to be right, and if you're crazy, then what do you care?


Questions About Books and Writing


SS: Who are your favorite authors?

CM: Neil Gaiman

Ray Bradbury

Robert E. Howard

Frank Miller

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

CM: Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man and Martian Chronicles, and of course Fahrenheit 451

Catch-22

Robert E. Howard's short stories

Stardust

Frank Miller's Daredevil: Born Again and The Dark Knight Returns

Sorry, that's more than five.

SS: Is there a book you love to reread?

CM: Who has time for re-reading?

SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

CM: Both write AND read all the time.


What Readers want to know...


SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

CM: Happiness, by it's very nature, is imperfect. So deal.

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

CM: Either New Zealand or Glastonbury, England

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

CM: "of course", "simply", "basically" "seriously", and "Where are you going with that midget?"

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

CM: Being musically inclined. We have a piano in our house since my wife plays, but I can't do a thing with it.

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

CM: Is this where I'm supposed to put "my kids"?

SS: What’s your best quality?

CM: My empathy, I think. Either that or my telepathy. Either way, it ends in a pathy.

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

CM: Our cat. She doesn't fucking do anything except sleep and whine until someone feeds her.

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

CM: The constantly annoyed look on my face for no reason.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

CM: Conan the Barbarian. Is that weird?

SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?

CM: Ben from Lost. Cause you WANT to believe him...

SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

CM: George Washington, and if I actually met him I would say" Oh My God! Are you a zombie?"

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

CM: Trying to explain things to stupid people. Am I right? Who's with me?

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

CM: Dragon Whisperer

SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

CM: Intelligence, compassion, and a large amount of patience, mostly for interacting with me.

SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

CM: Is this a trick question?

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

CM: Directing, or telling jokes to drunk people as a comedian.

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

CM: Clowns on motorcycles. I mean, think about it. If you see a clown on a motorcycle coming at you, there would be no question that the world was ending.

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

CM: The inability to keep my mouth shut.

SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?

CM: Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, Clocks by Coldplay, Fade to Black by Metallica, Daydream Believer, The Monkees, Like a Stone, Audioslave

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

CM: My wife. She doesn't let anything get her down, including me.

SS: What do you regret most?

CM: Aging. Well, physically, anyway.


General Questions


SS: What is your birthdate?

CM: 3/5

SS: What were your previous occupations?

CM: I've had all sorts of jobs including being a vitamin label proofreader, a journalist, a spotter on American Gladiators and a soap opera writer. All true!

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

CM: Writer

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

CM: Temple University in Philadelphia

SS: What is your favorite movie?

CM: The Seventh Seal

SS: What is your favorite television show?

CM: LOST

SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

CM: My tastes are eclectic, right now I'm listening to Coldplay and Rise Against.

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