Into the Mind of Jill Williamson

Welcome, Realmies, to our next Into the Mind interview, where we are sitting down with author Jill Williamson to find out more about her. Let’s get started!
What was your favorite movie as a child?
Star Wars. I grew up without a TV. For my ninth birthday, my parents rented a TV/VCR and the original Star Wars trilogy. It was amazing. And it opened up a whole new chasm to my imagination.

A shot of Jill enjoying some snowy weather, believed to have been taken in Narnia…

How many books do you own?
A quick guess is well over 1500.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would go to England to look at castles! My husband has a cousin there, who has given us an open invitation to come visit. We just need some time off and a small pile of money, and we’re all set! (more…)

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Into the Mind of Sally Apokedak

Welcome back lovers of Spec! Today we’re sitting down with Sally Apokedak to find out what goes on in her mind. Let’s begin, shall we?

 

What was your favorite movie as a child?

At 5, Mary Poppins; at 10, Oliver!

 

You have a free weekend. What do you do with it?

I ask God why he left me behind when the world ended and hell froze over.

 

What book has made the most impact on you?

That’s tough to say. CS Lewis has probably had more impact on me than any other writer. But one book? Probably Knowing God, by JI Packer.

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Into the Mind of Carla Hoch

Greetings, Realmies!

This week we’re sitting down with Carla Hoch, who is going to give us a peek at what it’s like inside her head. Welcome Carla!

What was your favorite movie as a child?

E.T. I was a card carrying member of the E.T. fanclub. Not joking.

 

How many books do you own?

Seriously? That’s like asking a cat how many hours they sleep a day. Enough. That’s how many. Enough.

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Into the Mind of Robert Liparulo

Greetings Realmies!

Today we are welcoming Robert Liparulo to share with us a peek into his mind. Are you ready? Let’s go!

 

If you could spend the day with one spec fic character, who would it be?

Robert Neville from Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend. That’s the novel that made me, at age twelve, want to be a novelist, as opposed to a writer of other things. And Neville is simply a fascinating character, someone who had to learn to live and survive in a world of monsters. He struggles with loneliness, grows empathetic toward the creatures who want to kill him, and ultimately comes to realize—and this blew me away as a kid—that in a world changed overnight, he had become the monster. The story is right up there with Lord of the Rings in terms of using speculative fiction to convey deep truths about the human condition, our strengths and flaws. I would love to pick his brain about his thoughts on the meaning of being human, the hope that gets him through each day (all of my stories are, at their core, about hope), about his appreciation for the simple things in life (a family a picnic, a child’s laughter) after they were taken away. I’m glad you said, “spend the day with one spec fic character”; the vampires in Neville’s world come out at night.

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Into the Mind of David Farland

Hello, Realmies! We are pleased today to sit down with David Farland. We know you’re going to love this interview, so let’s delve right in, shall we?

 

If you could spend the day with one spec fic character, who would it be?

I’d love to take a long walk through Kew Gardens in England with Gandalf Grayhame

 

You have a free weekend. What do you do with it?  

Work out, go hiking, and maybe spend a day fishing.

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Into the Mind of Steve Laube

Greetings once again, Makers of Realms! We have here with us today Steve Laube, and we can’t wait to share this interview with you.  Welcome Steve!

 

How many books do you own? 

Over 5,000. My office library has 33 six-foot tall bookcases that are full. We have about the same number at home.

 

If you could spend the day with one Spec Fic character, who would it be? 

Aslan. … Oh wait, I get to spend every day with Him for the rest of eternity!

 

What is your favorite food? 

Popcorn.
Steak

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Into the Mind of Lisa Mangum

Greetings Realmies!

We are very excited to begin our Into the Mind series on our Faculty for this year’s conference. Today we are sitting down with author and editor Lisa Mangum. So pull up a chair and make yourself comfortable, we’re delving right in!

We’re so glad to have you, Lisa!

 

If you could spend the day with one spec fic character, who would it be?

The Doctor. (Specifically the Tenth Doctor.) And the best part would be that, in the TARDIS, that one day could last a very long time. (more…)

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