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.