M. D. Benoit
HEIDI'S PICK SIX
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Definitely coffee. I drink it black, except for my cup of latte first thing in the morning. I used to have a really stressful job and I'd drink 15 cups a day of usually pretty bad coffee. Now I'm down to two a day, except when I revert to a stressful event (like planning a reading) then I revert to my coffee-addict days. If I drink tea, I prefer Oolong or Lapsang Sou Chong.
4. What else can you do besides write?
I cross-stitch, paint canvas rugs, cross-country ski, do yoga, cook (even though I hate it). I can do crossword puzzles, shovel snow, eat chocolate, talk on the phone, stretch a dollar. I can swim, helm a sailboat, trim sails, water ski, and, favorite of all, I can do nothing.
5. Who are you reading right now?
Tanya Tuft, and laughing all the way. Next is The Cracked Throne by Joshua Palmetier, and Relative Danger by Charles Benoit. I'm waiting on Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things and Nalo Hopkinson's The New Moon's Arms.
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
Sometimes it will be an article that starts me on “what if” situations. Sometimes, I’ll wake up with a character in my head, and he or she won’t leave until I tell their stories. Sometimes it’s the tail end of a dream.
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
When I write, I usually listen to classical music. My favorite is Bach’s Cello Concertos. But I’m as eclectic in my music as in my reading. I like pretty much any kind of music, except hard rock and alternative. I listen mostly to classical, opera, jazz, folk, and world music.
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
It’s not the stories that take me along for the ride, it’s the characters. Before I can write, even if I have the gist of a story, if I can’t visualize my protagonist(s), I can’t start writing. Once he, she, or they have invaded my brain, I let them go where they want to go. I only get writer’s block when I want to make them do what they don’t want to.
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
M. D. Benoit (born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a science fiction and mystery writer.
Although she has always written, M. D. has been writing full-time for over twelve years. 'Til the Fat Lady Sings, her first science fiction mystery novel, was published as an e-book in 2000. It was republished in 2004 as the first book in the Jack Meter Case Files with the title Metered Space under Zumaya Publications' Otherworlds Imprint. The next one in the series, Meter Made, came out in November 2005. Synergy, a dystopian story about gene modification and warfare, will be out in March 2007, under the Otherworlds Imprint.
M. D. discovered science fiction and mystery through her father's bedtime stories, which were always full of gadgets, dark doorways, and disappearing people. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband and her cat (who is really an alien in disguise).
You can read her blog Life's a wild ride here on Live Journal or her other blog, Life’s weirder than Fiction.