Monday, November 26, 2012

My Q&A With A.D. Duling


I was featured on the blog of author A.D. Duling (known for the Anna Kipling series). Here's the Q&A in case you missed it.

Where do you call home?

Belgium.

What is the title of your most recent book?

"GPS With Benefits", a hilarious tale about a man who is shocked to learn that his new GPS system has a mind of its own.

What's your Genre?

Usually, it's supernatural suspense. Although "GPS With Benefits" can best be qualified as humor with a fantasy twist.

Plans for a next book?

I'm working on an illustrated novel combining ghosts and cats.

Who's your favorite author?

Carol Drinkwater.

Your favorite book?

"Elementary Particles" by Michel Houellebecq.

What book are you currently reading?

Ken Greenhall's "Childgrave". Ken Greenhall is the American pen name of British author Jessica Hamilton who is best known for her eighties books "Baxter", "Elizabeth" and "The Companion".

A book you would recommend?

French horror author Daph Nobody's "Blood Bar" and "L'enfant nucléaire" for their original subjects and because he's a friend.

How do you pick your books?

By author or by cover.

Advice for other authors?

Be willing to learn. I once read that it takes about 1,000 hours to become competent at any skill, about 5,000 hours to master any skill and between 25,000 and 35,000 hours to become world class. Having a great mentor and being focused greatly speeds up this process. - I read that too Vanessa! This is great advice...

Do you write under a pen name?

Yes. As I write in English, French and Dutch, I needed a name that was easy to pronounce in any of those languages and my real name - which is Dutch - is impossible to pronounce in *every* language.

Where do you write?

Mostly from the comfort of my own home, but I also write from cozy places such as bars, parks, airports and hotels.

What do you wear when you write?

Dresses, because that's the only thing I wear.

Do you have a pet?

I have a Turkish Van cat named after the Mamoru Oshii film "Avalon". He has had a special appearance in my screenplay "A Good Man" and also 'acts' in the movies based on my books.

Favorite food?

Anything extremely spicy.

If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?

Can I exchange those 3 famous people for my boyfriend and my cat? -You sure can Vanessa, how sweet is that!

Of your characters, which one would you say is most like you and why?

Originally, Céline from "A Good Man" because of her independence and love of culture and languages. But now that I have fallen in love, I realize that I have a lot of Emma's caring side in me as well.

What made you want to be a writer?

Seeing Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" on stage in London. I was in my early twenties back then. It took me a few years though to gain confidence and to start reacting upon that desire.

Any weird talent?

I have a talent for scaring people.- Awesome!

A favorite quote?

"Wish more. Dream bigger. Love louder.” - love that!

What is the one thing you never go without?

My cat.

Your biggest influence?

Movies.

Favorite TV show?

I'm currently addicted to "Dexter" and “Carnivale”.

A great blog you would like to recommend for others to discover?

The blog of illustrator Gilles Vranckx, http://gillesvranckx.blogspot.com.

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11 comments:

  1. Very cool! You're a great storyteller.

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  2. I don't have a GPS but my mother does. She has developed a relationship with the voice. It is so funny listening to her chat with the box and I am sure she knows it doesn' t hear her, but nonetheless she has company on all her trips!

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  3. Lol I once tried to get directions to a hospital I'd never been to before because I had an appointment there. Well, the hospital my GPS took me to, was a mental institution! Maybe it was trying to tell me something! :)

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  4. Loved A Good Man. Read it yesterday evening. Looking forward to GPS With Benefits.

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  5. Love the question and answer!

    Hi there!! I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for linking up with the Aloha Friday Blog Hop!! Spread the word, share the blog code on your blog!! Who knows, you could end up being the featured blog next week!! Aloha Friday Blog Hop

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  6. Sounds really neat! I could never go without a hug from Mt babies :)

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  7. Favorite Quote...What's goes around, comes around.

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  8. I follow Pinterest as Linda Kwolek

    wildflowermother@yahoo.com

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  9. my favorite show are anything on Investigation discovery channel

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  10. You are freakin AWESOME!!

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