Wednesday, May 13, 2009

10 Silly Questions with Victor J. Banis


Today, I start a new series on the blog, Ten Silly Questions. I posed ten silly questions to authors you should know in the firm belief that the answers to these questions would be more illuminating than the more serious ones we usually see, like "tell me about your process" "what inspires you?" "who influenced you?". They may be silly, but each week you'll learn a lot about a different author and, hopefully, be inspired to read more of his or her work.

This week, we have gay icon Victor J. Banis. I am letting Victor run roughshod over my careful interview format. But, as I always say, age before beauty...

Here's how Victor responded. Be sure to check out his bio at the conclusion of our very silly--and very revealing--interview.

1. If you could invite any famous person DANIEL CRAIG, dead or alive, I'M PRETTY SURE HE'S ALIVE for dinner, what would you eat? DANIEL CRAIG
2. Who do you think you are? THE LUCKY GUY WHO'S GOING TO EAT DANIEL CRAIG. HE'LL NEVER RECOVER
3. What’s your problem? HE'LL NEVER RECOVER
4. If you could have one wish, would you give it to me? NO. I'M SELFISH. I KNOW YOU, YOU'D SNATCH DANIEL CRAIG RIGHT OUT FROM UNDER MY NOSE - OR, WHATEVER HE'S UNDER AT THAT INSTANT.
5. Where you at? AT THIS PARTICULAR MOMENT, IN MY FANTASY, JUST DOWN TO HIS BUSH. THAT IS WHY I AM WRITING QUICKLY, SO I CAN GET BACK TO IMPORTANT STUFF.
6. If you had to choose only one vice, what would it be? I USED TO DATE A VICE OFFICER. I DON'T KNOW. HE WAS KIND OF DULL IN THE SACK. YOU'D THINK HE'D HAVE PICKED UP SOME IDEAS.
7. What’s your favorite brand of cereal? VODKA
8. When you wake up in the morning, what celebrity do you most resemble? BROOM HILDA - BUT ON ONE OF HER GOOD DAYS
9. Do you know your ass from a hole in the ground? And if so, how do you tell the difference? INTERESTING QUESTION - I HAVE PHOTOGRAPHS OF BOTH ON MY DESK AND I STUDY THEM PERIODICALLY SO IF THIS ISSUE EVER COMES UP I WILL BE PREPARED.
10. Do you have anything you’d like to plug? WE'VE ALREADY DISCUSSED HIM - PLUG, EAT, PLUG AGAIN, EAT SOME MORE. THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE A QUICKIE.

Writing instructor, lecturer and early rabble rouser for gay rights, civil rights and women's rights, Victor J. Banis is the critically acclaimed author ("The master's touch in storytelling" Publishers Weekly) of more than 160 published books and numerous shorter pieces in a career spanning nearly a half century. Native of Ohio and longtime Californian, he lives and writes now in West Virginia's beautiful Blue Ridge.

30 comments:

  1. LOL! Great interview! Can I just say how very much I heart you, Victor Banis? And how I am not at ALL using my girlish charm to sneak in and steal Daniel Craig out from under your nose (or whatever he's under)?
    *ggg*

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  2. Get off it Victor - Daniel Craig is mine - mine I tell you - along with Hugh Jackman, Brendan Fraser, George Clooney, John Hamm etc., etc....

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  3. I wonder what Mr. Craig would have to say about all this.

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  4. *cackle* *snort* Now that's an interview I could get behind! And steal Daniel Craig. Wonderful format, Rick, and fabulous answers, Victor!

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  5. What would Daniel say? I hadn't intended to ask him, silly. This is where the little purse size bottle of chloroform comes in so handy.

    Victor

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  6. A man that thinks like Buffalo Bill of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS fame...you've got style!

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  7. Tongue in cheek answers...one never knows ;)))

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  8. Great questions, Rick, except no author will ever come forward to answer them again, since who can top Victor? LOL

    L

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  9. Great answers, Victor. I'm still giggling.

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  10. Oh Leslie, ye of little faith: I already have about 30 authors waiting in the wings to...ahem...top Victor.

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  11. 30?? OMG, Victor's gonna be WAY too excited *g*

    Oh and by the way, y'all, I STOLE DANIEL CRAIG FIRST!!
    **growls**
    It's those Dr. No shorts. Too, too sexy.

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  12. I admire Victor's ability to stay on one subject no matter what question is thrown at him. That's tempered-steel focus! And yes, contrary to what I've heard, it's going to be tough for those other 30 authors to...ahem...top Victor.

    Alan Chin

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  13. Daniel Craig.....hmmm
    Victor, hmmmmm
    Daniel...Victor
    Mind boggling....


    Jeanne Barrack

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  14. LOL Great interview, Rick. And even better answers, Victor. Absolutely hysterical.

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  15. Daniel Craig...now he's most definately 'sell your momma into white slavery for five naked sweaty minutes' hot! Pass him over Victor...my five minutes starts now!

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  16. Ethan: I don't think Victor is willing to share...so good luck.

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  17. *LMAO*
    Daniel sends his regards and says he's very flattered. Did I mention he's a relative?

    Oh hell, alright then, I lied :).

    Anyone ever see him do that hysterical sketch with Catherine Tate for the charity Red Nose Night over here? I'll look it up on You Tube for Victor...

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  18. Victor you naughty, naughty man. LMAO, these are great answers. I'll have to be sure and get really, really creative. Jimbo, I have dibs on Hugh Jackman.

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  19. Great fun, Victor! I'm with Alan on this one...Just toss those answers I sent you, Rick. I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy...

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  20. I will not, Bryl! You are worthy. Yes you are.

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  21. Okay--this was awesome. *grins* Forget Daniel Craig, I think I'd rather have Victor, if only for the entertainment value!

    Hey, I have lots of gay male friends. They can keep him busy while I'm off working! ;-D

    JB

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  22. Hi Rick...I recognize that first question. I asked you this myself in our very first interview together! Fun stuff from you and Victor!
    xo

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  23. I'm more a Pierce Brosnan's girl myself, even if in Mamma Mia, Colin Firth gives him some point... Anyway I would never steal Daniel Craig from under the nose of Victor (or from somewhere else!).

    You come out very focused on your intent, Victor, I would never say so ;-)

    Elisa

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  24. Oh my GOD! Victor, you need help... and I'm offering. Jeeze!

    Bryl, I'm with you, there's no way I want to try to top... oh wait, maybe I should rephrase that? Nah!

    Wonderful interview!

    Hugs

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  25. Um...Clare...hello!! If you aren't going to share with the rest of the class, I'm afraid I'll have to confiscate that YouTube video.

    Of course Victor would share! If not, I guess there's always the snatch and grab. Keep in mind I can run really fast...if I don't have to run too far.

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  26. Topping Victor? Sexually or verbally? Is either possible? I don't think so.... :-0

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  27. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4AgzQvFNZs

    There we are, my lovelies. Very, very funny. :)

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  28. Hee! I adored your answer for #7. And your answer to #9 was inspired!

    Elle Parker
    http://elleparkerbooks.blogspot.com/

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  29. Victor
    What a terrific interview. This is the one I should have had rather than work my arse off Oh, I shouldn't have used the word "arse" in your presense Victor even if I'm the wrong sex - don't want to get you all excited - bad for the heart! I think I'll steal some of these 10 questions for my next interview. You get to have all the fun Rick.

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  30. Yaaay! Someone else who's heard of Broom Hilda. She's been one of my heroes ever since she said 'Anyone whose legs are longer than I am deserves a little misery in their lives'. :D

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