HEIDI'S PICK SIX
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Coffee. No contest. My grandparents started me on coffee with Cremora when I was a kid and I've been addicted ever since. I plan my day around coffee. I've become so immune to the caffeine that coffee actually relaxes me and makes me tired. Nothing helps me sleep better than a piping hot cup right before bed. Can you tell I'm wired?
4. What else can you do besides write?
Nothing really. I've had 14 (yes, 14) jobs since graduating from college in 1997. It took me 14 jobs to realize that the only thing I can do is write. Oh, and I can sing all 5 voices in The Temptations' "I CAN'T GET NEXT TO YOU."
5. Who are you reading right now?
Right now I'm reading Dave Barry Is from Mars and Venus. Since I'm a humorist, I consider it research, and I write off my reading time as a tax deduction ($75/HOUR). I read non-fiction almost exclusively. I love history of all kinds, especially anything on the Civil War.
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
I find humor in my everyday life, mostly in the stupid things I do. One time I misplaced my SUV and reported it stolen when all along it was in my garage. Another time I knocked myself out in my cubicle at work and lay there unconscious and unnoticed for almost 15 minutes. You just can't make up stuff like that.
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
Old school hair bands like Motley Crue, and anything really depressing, especially Radiohead. If I made a greatest hits album of my favorite songs, it would be called "MUSIC TO SLIT YOUR WRISTS TO."
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
Jean Shepherd, Dave Barry, Augustein Burroughs, Garrison Keillor, and Bill Bryson.
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Valentine Brkich is a freelance writer and lifelong resident of Beaver County in Pennsylvania. He attended Westminster College in Wilmington, PA, where he earned a BA in English. Currently, Val lives with his wife, Cassie, in Bridgewater.
Val's works include The History of the P&LE Ohio River Railroad Bridge, Dinosaur Island: A Coloring Adventure, The History of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church: 1830-2005, I Want to Be a Writer: A Kid's Guide to Writing from a Former Kid, and Cageball, Poker, and the Atomic Wedgie.
You can visit him at www.brkichwriting.com.