I'm bored with email interviews.
As I've sold more books, and attracted more attention, more and more magazines, blogs, websites, and who-knows-what have decided they want to interview me.
The first time you get a laundry list of questions via email, it's great — someone wants to know all this stuff about you! But by the time you've been getting them regularly for a few years, and by the time you're averaging two interviews a month, it's all a bit too much. For obvious reasons, most interviewers always ask certain questions ("where do you get your ideas from?" "Do you believe in the singularity?"). Worse, they always ask about stuff that's either been in print for some time, or that's just been published — which means, stuff I finished writing at least a year ago, and which I probably started thinking about a year or more before that. And finally, there's the problem that answering an email interview with original explanations isn't just chewing over the same old same old — it's extremely time-consuming; a properly conducted interview can easily run to somewhere in the 3000-4000 word range.
Over the course of a year, that means I spend as much time typing the answers to interview questions as I would take writing a whole extra novella.
(You think that's bad? I could go on; the business side of being a full-time novelist is so time-consuming that I could easily spend 25 hours a week working as a novelist, without actually writing any fiction.)
But that's not what this is about, right now.
Interviews, like I said, bore me. But I've never conducted an antiview. So here's your chance to participate:
Ask me questions (click the "Comments" link below). One question per caller, please, unless I hand you a cookie (good for one more question). (Update: Please make 'em reasonably factual — don't ask me about imaginary events.) I'll endeavor to answer as many questions as I can, although I reserve the right to pick and choose. And, more importantly, every answer will be a lie. How close to the truth the lie falls is, again, a matter for my whim; I might offer you something that's almost true, if I feel like it. But otherwise? Lies, all lies! Let the lies begin!
UPDATE: The antiview is now over. You may talk among yourselves.