Author Revealed

About Matt Whyman

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 4/1

Q. Previous occupations

A. Wireman (due to a mix up over my surname), forklift truck driver, TEFL teacher,

Q. Favorite job

A. The one I have now

Q. High school and/or college

A. I went to far too many schools. Never settled.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. I'll listen to anything so long as it doesn't have singing. Words get in the way of writing.

Q. Favorite movie

A. Alien

Q. Favorite television show

A. Curb your Enthusiasm

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Author, father, mini-pig sitter

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. A pet is for life. Even the demanding ones.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Going to bed without having to set the alarm clock.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. pigeons

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. At home is fine by me.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. I'll need a moment on wikipedia to answer this

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Muhammad Ali. Once upon a time I bumped into him in a shopping centre in Bristol. True fact!

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Who left this mess?

Q. What do you regret most?

A. No regrets. Just a great deal of learning from mistakes.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. To be feared at Singstar

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Keeping my family afloat.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Cracking jokes at totally the wrong time

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Laughing at self for terrible comic timing

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Someone who knew about pig-keeping when my wife suggested a pair would make good pets.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I can never bring myself to retire old jeans. So, my knees are most noticeable.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Captain Ahab. I know how it feels to be pitted against great beasts.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Cruella Deville

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Winston Churchill once said that a dog looks up to a man, but a pig looks a man in the eye. I would like to go back in time and suggest that he adds 'and steals his place on the sofa.'

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. When it comes to pets, I wouldn't know where to begin.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. I'm Agony Uncle for Bliss - a UK teen girl's magazine

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Hypnotist

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. A sense of calm, humour and righteous vengeance where appropriate.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. sushi

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. I listen to music while I write, but never take it in.

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Angela CarterMichael CrichtonStephen KingTim Willocks

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Heart of DarknessThe Perfect StormThe Worst Journey in the WorldThe Hot ZoneCrime & Punishment

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Papillon by Henri Charriere. Not so much reread as finish.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Never give up, even if everyone says you suck. Always believe you were meant to win the Pulitzer Prize.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. What car do you drive?