Amazon Exclusive: A Q&A with Robert Kroese
Question: What book has had the most significant impact on your life?
Robert Kroese: Saying "The Bible" is cheating, right?
I guess I’ll go with Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. That book provided the template for novels like Mercury Falls. Adams demonstrated that you could get away with putting your characters on a spaceship without ever describing what the spaceship looked like. Adams’s attitude was: "Okay, now they’re on a spaceship. You all know what a spaceship is, right? Good." And then he would move on to something really important, like a character’s quest for a good cup of tea.
Question: What is the worst lie you've ever told?
Robert Kroese: When I was maybe ten years old, I was up late reading when I was supposed to be in bed. I heard my mom coming down the hall toward my door and I knew I was going to be in big trouble if she caught me out of bed. So I flicked off the light, took two steps and dove headlong into bed. About a half second later, while the bedsprings were still creaking, my mom opened the door. I was lying diagonally on bed, spread-eagled on top of the bedspread as my mom peered in at me. Feeling the need to reassure my mother that everything was kosher, I blurted out, "I’M JUST SLEEPING THIS WAY!"
That was the worst lie I ever told.
Question: Describe the perfect writing environment.
Robert Kroese: A clean, well-lit place. With high-speed Internet access and MS Word.
Question: If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?
Robert Kroese: "If you can read this, you’re too close."
Question: Who is the one person living or dead that you would like to have dinner with?
Robert Kroese: I think I’d really enjoy watching Woody Allen eat lobster.
Question: If you could have one superpower what would it be?
Robert Kroese: I’d like to be Super-taster, who can identify all the ingredients in any food he eats. "What is this, paprika? I knew it."
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.