Monday, December 17, 2007

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Tim Powers

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
I think Archimedes (Arky) Mavranos, from Last Call and Earthquake Weather -- he's a type of person I like, competent, humorous, loyal, and generally drunk.


2. Tell me about your travels.
We just about exclusively travel to attend science fiction conventions! But those have taken us to Norway, France, Germany, Spain, Australia and Israel. And we always take a week or two so we can look around a bit. So far our favorite places -- aside from Los Angeles! -- are Tel Aviv and Leipzig.


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
Not much! I've always figured that the best way to become a writer is to make yourself unfit for all other employment. I do teach two days a week, but that's just explaining how I write, so really it's not all that different.


5. Who are you reading right now?
Right now I'm reading -- re-reading, I should say -- a bunch of Dick Francis mysteries. I can see he's a much better writer than I am, and I keep trying to figure out exactly how he does it.


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?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I outline like crazy -- I try to know every detail of the story, even a lot of the dialogue, before I write the first sentence. If I let the story discover its own path, all my books would be about people who never get out of bed.


13. Celebrity crush.

14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
From our genre, that'd be Fritz Leiber, mainly. And H. P. Lovecraft, and Sturgeon, and James Branch Cabell. From outside the genre, it'd be John D. MacDonald, Kingsley Amis and Raymond Chandler, probably. Actually a lot of these are writers I hope I've been influenced by!


15. Do you still watch cartoons?

Tim Powers works include The Skies Discrowned, Epitaph in Rust, The Anubis Gates, which won the Philip K. Dick Award, Dinner at Deviant's Palace, which won the Philip K. Dick Award, On Stranger Tides, The Stress of Her Regard, Last Call, which won a World Fantasy Award and a Locus Award, Expiration Date and Earthquake Weather, which both won Locus Awards, Declare, which won a World Fantasy Award and an International Horror Guild Award, and Three Days to Never.

Powers lives in San Bernardino CA with his wife Serena.

You can everything you need to now about Tim at http://www.theworksoftimpowers.com.

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