For this week’s author interview, I sat down with the author of the upcoming book, The Serpent of Venice (Release date: April 22), Christopher Moore. And by sat down with, I mean I sat down in front of my computer and emailed him the questions, to which I assume he sat down in front of his computer to answer. I’m sure at some point we were sitting down at the same time. Anyhoo! Chris graciously agreed to answer my questions. So without further ado…
The Serpent of Venice is being released soon, but it’s been finished on your end for a while. What projects are you currently working on?
I’m still working on the stage play of Fool, as well as a new novel, which is the sequel to A Dirty Job. I don’t have title for it yet, but I’m open to suggestions.
Any chance of future Pine Cove books?
Not likely. Pine Cove was my “go to” location for a book because it was based on the town I lived in, Cambria, California. When I was up against deadline and I didn’t have either the money or the time for research, I’d set a book in Pine Cove. I left Cambria ten years ago, now, so I think San Francisco has become my “go to” location.
Which of your books was the most fun to research/write?
The most fun to research was Fluke, I think. I got to spend most of a season working with whale researchers in Maui, out on the boats with them, dining with them. I met a lot of cool people in the marine mammal sciences and got to see a lot of cool animals. Being in the water with singing humpbacks was one of the most amazing moments I’ve had in life. Sometimes, the ones that are really fun to research, however, are really hard to write, which both Fluke and Sacre Bleu were. Fun to research, tough to write, because there was so much source material to take into account.
The vampire books were the most fun to write because they weren’t the vehicles for big themes or big concepts provided by research. They were just funny characters in a great setting and GO! Especially the first one, Bloodsucking Fiends. Great fun to write. Like hanging out with your funny imaginary friends.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
That changed over the years. When I was little I wanted to be a sailor (my dad and uncles were Navy guys), then a football player, then an actor, a writer, a photographer, an anthropologist, and finally back to writer.
What are you currently reading?
I’m reading, Nation, by Terry Pratchett. It’s a kids book set on a Pacific Island in the mid 1800s. I’d just finished his book Dodger, which is the continuing adventures of the Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist, and I liked it so much that my editor sent me Nation. As usual I’m about half-way through a couple of other books. A Place More Kind that Home, by Wiley Cash (I loved his second book, This Long Road to Mercy, so I’m catching up), and an Irish satire called Jude In London, by Julian Gough.
What’s the most bizarre question you’ve been asked about yourself or your books?
Someone once asked me if I was related to Michael Moore, the film director, and when I asked them why they would ask (since Moore is like the 9th most common name in the U.S.) they said, “The baseball cap,” because I was wearing a Giants hat and Michael Moore often wears a baseball cap. As if baseball caps were passed through the genome or something. I just thought it was very weird.
Do you have a question that you wish people would stop asking you?
Yes: “Are any movies being made of your books?” Because I’ve been telling people no for 25 years, even though most of them have been purchased or optioned for film. And I don’t know why people pay for them but then don’t make them into movies. Also, “Where do you get your ideas?” It’s a stupid question. But you know what they say, there are no stupid questions, only stupid people.
Do you have a dream festival, conference, bookstore etc that you’d like to be invited to?
Not really. I don’t think much about that sort of thing. I get invited to festivals in Italy and Spain all the time, even in Germany, but never in France. I wouldn’t mind going to France more often on someone else’s dime.
What writer, alive or dead, do you wish you could take to an amusement park?
Jeeze. Maybe Jane Austin, because standing in line for her would probably feel like exciting action.
Who are a couple of authors you’d suggest your fans read while they await your next book?
Well, if you haven’t read all of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, do that first. After that, you’re always good with an Elmore Leonard. Nick Hornby, too.
Who’s your hero?
What exotic animal would you like to have as a pet?
A pygmy marmoset. They’re cool.
I’d like to thank Christopher Moore for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer these questions for my little space here in the blog-o-sphere. It’s been a great honor! You can find out more about Chris, his books, and his tour dates at http://www.chrismoore.com. If you plan on coming to see Chris at his appearance in Atlanta (Sunday, May 4 /Decatur, GA Alfred Uhry Auditorium, Druid Hills High School [2 PM] 1798 Haygood Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30307), then come find me and say ‘hi!’
What’s your favorite Christopher Moore book? Do you have any questions you’d like to ask Chris, or do you have any suggestions for future author interviews? Hit the comments!