Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mystery Author Anthony Bidulka and Ten Silly Questions

I conducted my silly questions with Anthony on the lovely tropical island of Bora Bora. We dangled our toes in turquoise waters, imbibed extravagantly on Mojitos prepared by Anthony himself (he muddles mint like nobody's business) and in general, had a lovely time.

It helped that we were naked throughout the interview.

Here's Anthony's responses:

1.  If you could invite any famous person, dead or alive, for dinner, what would you eat?
Breads, cheeses, pate, chutneys and dips, some smoked salmon, some fruit and nuts, and lots of wine. Tasty, communal, easy food where we could focus on the conversation rather than whether the rice is burning.

2.  Who do you think you are?
I’m a writer, a husband, a friend, a party-giver, a guy who likes to putter in the backyard, a son and brother, a traveler, an art-lover, a volunteer. Not necessarily in that – or any – order.

3.  What's your problem?
I have a problem with people who are self-absorbed.

4.  If you could have one wish, would you give it to me?
If you had a good reason to have it.

5.  Where you at?
Becoming who I was always meant to be.  Happy. Grateful.

6.    If you had to choose only one vice, what would it be?
Too much wine.

7.  What's your favorite brand of cereal?
Fibre 1 Honey Clusters.

8.  When you wake up in the morning, what celebrity do you most resemble?
Benicio del Toro, but not in a good way.

9.    Do you know your ass from a hole in the ground? And if so, how do you tell the difference?
Easy. One can go into the other. But not the other way around.

10.  Do you have anything you'd like to plug?
Why else would I agree to do this interview?

Anthony Bidulka’s Russell Quant mystery series tells the story of a half-Ukrainian, half-Irish, gay, ex-cop, Canadian prairie, world-travelling, wine-swilling PI living a big life in a small city. The series is a multi award nominee, including for the CWC Arthur Ellis Award, and winner of the Lambda Literary Award.


  1. Actually only Rick was naked. The rest of us were there taking pictures.

  2. Self-absorption is a problem for any writer, I say the hell with it and go on being self-absorbed. Who gonna stop you?

  3. Oh, if I had a nickel for every time THAT happened. Why can't you just play along, Anthony?

  4. Mykola - enough with your opinions - this is about ME ME ME!


  5. Couldn't have been too much nudity. That's one heck of a tanline in that pic of his. :-D Of course, I say this as the only guy in Puerto Rico with a farmer's tan. :-D

  6. Well then don't be selfish, Tony. I want pictures. No fair holding back.

  7. No such thing as a free lunch, Pat. Photos of Rick with mojito mint leaves as pasties will be for sale on my website by this afternoon.

  8. The actual mint leaves used will be on sale on MY website within an hour.