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Inside The Author’s Head: Adam Christopher

Q1. What is your favorite word?

Magenta. Closely followed by republic. So you can totally expect me to write a book called “The Magenta Republic” one day.

Q2. What is your least favorite word?

Onus. Closely followed by kudos. Urgh. They make my skin crawl.

Q3. How has social media helped your career?

It’s been pretty much essential – I met my first publisher (Angry Robot) on Twitter. I met my agent via a friend, Chuck Wendig, who I met on Twitter. I’ve always said that it’s actually just the same as meeting an editor or agent at a convention bar, only you don’t have to leave the house. And naturally it’s a great way to connect with readers, fans, and other writers and creators. Thanks to social media, you can chat to people you’d never, ever be able to interact with in the old days.

Q4. What would you say are the downsides to social media in your career?

It’s a huge time sink, which needs discipline to control. The problem with writing is that I work at home, on my own, so social media (Twitter in particular) is where I hang out with my friends, and because they’re just “there”, it can be so easy to hang out just a little too long when there is a book to write…

Q5. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Guitarist. I played in a couple of bands back in New Zealand, and that was a lot of fun, but I threw in the towel to focus on writing. But I’ve recently got back into playing… although after a seven year gap I’m more than a little rusty.

Q6. What profession would you not like to do?

Chef. Which is funny, as that was all I wanted to be when I was a child. That and truck driver. But cheffing (that’s a real word) just seems like such colossal effort. I find anything and everything to do with the preparation of food deeply dull. Eating, on the other hand, is something I can get behind. Maybe my answer to Q5 above should have been restaurant critic…

Q7. What is your favorite curse word?

Imperio

Q8. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Put the kettle on, and I’ll stick The Power of the Daleks on the tele…

Thanks Adam! Learn more about Adam and his rather magnificent writing here.

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