Questions for the Terminal Uprising Author’s Note
When I was finishing up Terminal Alliance, I invited people to ask me anything they wanted, and picked some of those questions to answer in the Author’s Note. Here are the four Q&As:
- From Chris: What has been the biggest surprise (or unexpected benefit) since you started writing full time?
- I started writing more-or-less full time in September of 2015. I knew I wouldn’t magically become a SuperAuthor, putting out twelve books a year, but I was still surprised at how difficult it could be to balance writing with everything else—taking care of the kids, running errands, housework, walking the dogs… (Not to mention getting out to catch Pokémon.) I thought I knew how much discipline and planning and structure I’d need. I was mistaken. But I’m getting better.
- From both Ilona Andrews and TheBarbarienne: How can you tolerate a giant beard when it’s so freaking hot out?
- It’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make to look this sexy! Also, the warmth of the Giant Beard is balanced out by the draftiness of the bare scalp.
- From Piers: What’s the fastest land animal?
- Our cat Pippin when he hears a can opener in the kitchen.
- From Paul: What draws you to use humor so much in your fiction? (This is far from your first humorous SFF after all!)
- I believe humor is incredibly powerful and valuable. It brings laughter. It helps us cope with darkness. It allows us to tell difficult and dangerous truths. It’s a way of pointing out the absurdities of life. It creates connections between people. Also, it’s a lot of fun to write!
If all goes well, I’ll be finishing up final revisions on Terminal Uprising before the weekend, which means I’ll need to do another Author’s Note. Which means I need your questions!
What would you like to know? I’ll pick my favorites and answer them in the book. (Note: “Favorites” could be the most interesting, humorous, or just whatever I feel like answering.)
Make sure you include whatever name you’d like me to use for you if I pick your question.
Terri M LeBlanc
June 21, 2018 @ 1:27 pm
June 21, 2018 @ 2:16 pm
Was there a part of the book that made you giggle while you were writing it?
Mouthy Old Bat
June 21, 2018 @ 5:49 pm
Would you ever consider using a cantankerous old woman as a main character in a science fiction novel? We really haven’t had much representation in literature since Dickens.
June 21, 2018 @ 7:28 pm
I’m so relieved it’s not just me trying to figure out how to be disciplined, plan etc as a full-time author.
Question: what’s the one thing you’ve found most helpful in creating productive habits? Not the most hilarious question, but one that I’d really like to know the answer to.
June 21, 2018 @ 10:53 pm
What is your real-life mundane superpower?
E.g. do you always find a parking spot right out the front of the store, or are you a whizz of a wiz at folding fitted sheets, or do you have a good sense of direction?
Inspired by this post, so I can’t really take credit for originality: http://www.shakesville.com/2018/03/question-of-day_20.html?m=1
June 21, 2018 @ 10:56 pm
@ Mouthy Old Bat, I reckon Terry Pratchett’s Granny Weatherwax deserves a nod for the fantasy genre.
Mouthy Old Bat
June 21, 2018 @ 11:53 pm
You are absolutely right about Granny Weatherwax. The trouble with being a cantankerous old woman is that the memory gets ever-changing holes in it’s retrieval system.
June 22, 2018 @ 1:17 pm
Dogs can indeed demand a lot of time.
Mouthy Old Bat, have you ever seen Aunt Minerva in the Golden Age Captain Marvel comics? Elderly grandmother type who rules the underworld with an iron fist.
Mouthy Old Bat
June 22, 2018 @ 8:42 pm
I have not. I will ask Younger Child’s Boyfriend if he has an issue that I can read. Thank you for the lead.
June 23, 2018 @ 8:31 am
You’re welcome MOB. Minerva’s a favorite of mine.
June 24, 2018 @ 9:39 am
If you could go back to visit your past self at roughly the time Goblin Quest was published, what would you tell them?
June 24, 2018 @ 9:29 pm
John Scalzi has written about the difficulties in writing in the age of Trump. Do you have similar problems? What do you do to deal with them and actually write funny stuff?
June 25, 2018 @ 5:54 am
IF you finished Terminal Uprising so soon, does it mean we get to read the book sooner i.e. before 2019?
Jim C. Hines
June 25, 2018 @ 10:36 am
@Michaela – I’m afraid not. I was actually a little late on this one. It takes a fair amount of time for the publisher to pub a manuscript through production, do copy-edits and final proofs, get review copies and other publicity out, and so on. So we’re still looking at February 2019.