HEIDI'S PICK SIX
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
I go back and forth about this a lot, but I almost always come back to one of two: either Kyra Sellers (from The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl) or Eve Sherman (from Boy Toy). Two very different characters -- I'm more than a little bit in love with Kyra, and Eve is just so twisted and damaged...but I had to get into her head and now I can't stop thinking about her.
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
4. What else can you do besides write?
5. Who are you reading right now?
I'm currently re-reading my friend Robin Brande's debut novel -- Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature. I read it a couple of years ago in manuscript form, and it's really amazing to see how it not only holds up, but has actually improved with time.
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?
There are a lot of different types of music that I like, but the most influential and the most powerful is, without a doubt, the music of Bruce Springsteen. I already wanted to be a writer by the first time I heard a Springsteen song, but his music made me realize that writing was about more than just putting words together in a clever or interesting fashion -- it was about telling stories. The artistry of his music, the power of his stories and characters, inspired me as a kid and still inspire me to this day. He's definitely the biggest influence on me, artistically.
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
They definitely take me along for a ride...but sometimes they're drunk and weaving in and out of traffic while I scream for my life from the passenger seat!
13. Celebrity crush.
Lynda Carter -- gotta be her. I defy you to find a straight male of my generation who doesn't still have a crush on her.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Oh, yeah! Definitely! I watch Legion of Super-Heroes every Saturday. It was my favorite comic book as a kid, and it's just a blast to see it animated.
Barry Lyga is a recovering comic book geek. When he was a kid, everyone told him that comic books were garbage and would rot his brain, but he had the last laugh. Raised on a steady diet of comics, he worked in the comic book industry for ten years, but now writes full-time because, well, wouldn’t you?
Boy Toy is Barry's second novel; The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl was his first. He recently taught a module about graphic novels at Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction Program. He lives near the Mason-Dixon Line with a comic book collection that is just way too big.