HEIDI'S PICK SIX: John DeChancie


As part of the virtual book tour for Many Genres, One Craft, I have more contributor interviews this week: C. Coco DeYoung, Crystal B. Bright, Kaye Dacus, and John DeChancie.

And, now, here are John's short and funny responses:

John DeChancie

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Lord Incarnadine of Castle Perilous

2. Tell me about your travels.
I prefer not to.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
None of the above.

4. What else can you do besides write?
Not much.

5. Who are you reading right now?
The attractive woman seated at the next table in Starbucks.

6. Pop culture or academia?
Do I have a choice?

7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
I don't understand the question.

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
In a post office box in New Castle, Pa.

9. Food you could eat everyday.
Anything Italian.

10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
Rachmaninov's 3rd piano concerto

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
The latter.

13. Celebrity crush.
None that I can think of.

14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
Franz Kafka, Roger Zelazny, Harold Robbins

15. Do you still watch cartoons?

John DeChancie is the author of over two dozen books, most of them in the science fiction/fantasy genre. He is best known for his Starrigger trilogy and for the eight-book fantasy series beginning with Castle Perilous. He lives and works in Los Angeles. Visit him online at http://www.johndechancie.com.

John is a contributor to Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction, a writing guide edited by Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller and based on the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction graduate program.


  1. You were so much fun, John!


  2. Concise. I like it!
    John's fun to follow on facebook, too. Still waiting for him to tweet more.

  3. Concise. I like it!
    John's fun to follow on facebook, too. Still waiting for him to tweet more.

  4. Yes, I believe he had the most concise answers of anyone who has picked six so far...that makes him fun!

    Thanks for stopping by!


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