Saturday, April 07, 2007

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Jeremy Yoder

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?

2. Tell me about your travels.
Actually, I'm a big homebody. I've lived in Iowa, Minnesota, and now South Dakota, so all I do is hop borders every few years. However, I met my wife through a missions trip to Russia, and I've been to England and Holland, but other than driving through a few states during vacations, that's about it.


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
None of the above. Much to my annoyance, soda pop is my bane, and I have the cavities to prove it. I have a love-hate relationship with Mountain Dew similar to Gollum's relationship with the One Ring. *Precious yellow liquid... how we hates it.*


4. What else can you do besides write?

5. Who are you reading right now?
Watership Down by Richard Adams, then maybe Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. (If Neil Gaiman gives the latter such high praise, it must be worth putting on my radar.)


6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.

10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
What is this "physical activities" concept you speak of? I'm a computer programmer by day and struggling writer by night, both of which require my butt in a chair for hours on end. But thankfully, my wife and two-year-old daughter occasionally yank me into the sunlight to remind me about life.


11. What kind of music speaks to you?

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
Excuse me while I uncurl myself from the fetal position at hearing the word "outline." For me, outlining sucks the joy out of creation and discovery, so I start with only a vague layout in my head. But inevitably, I reach a point where I have to stop and flesh out the details or it turns into rambling. If it's a longer story, I'll then force myself to compose an outline, but I try to do it quickly. (Do you know hard it is to type while in the fetal position?)


13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?

15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Watch cartoons? Do you think I'm an adolescent or something? I'm more of an intellectual, so I instead read cartoon books. I mean, comic books. Ok, ok, so I still watch cartoons. What of it? Why are you staring at me? Can't a grown man watch cartoons in peace? *stands up* This interview is over! Now excuse me while I go watch Justice League... I mean, read James Joyce.


Jeremy Yoder has several publications, including two sales to the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds anthologies series, volumes 9 and the upcoming 10. With Fantasist Enterprises, he has been in Bash Down the Door and Slice Open the Badguy, Fantastical Visions III, and Cloaked in Shadow: Dark Tales of Elves.
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While working a day job as a mild-mannered programmer, at night he dons spandex and writes in the privacy of his home, much to everyone's relief. However, he is currently more infatuated with his two-year-old daughter than his writing. As a result, the novels he once read have been replaced by board books written by the likes of Dr. Seuss and Sandra Boynton... and he loves it.

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