Wednesday, December 30, 2009

10 Silly Questions with Author Lynne Jamneck

I recently had the pleasure to fly to New Zealand to interview author Lynne Jamneck on her beautiful estate. Over traditional New Zealand delicacies, I tried to convince Lynne to get silly with me. She insisted we arm wrestle and if I won, she would answer my ridiculous queries.

Here are the answers. Lynne needs to develop some upper body strength. But in the wit and wisdom department, she's no slouch.

1. If you could invite any famous person, dead or alive, for dinner, what would you eat?

Malva Pudding, a traditional South African desert. It has so much sugar and butter in it, any unsuspecting dinner guest without the veins of a Afrikaner Boer will be dead in half an hour. I'd invite George Bush. And the heads of several multinationals. [RR: Love your culinary ideas, Lynne!]

2. Who do you think you are?
I could ask you the same thing. [RR: You could, but I'm asking the questions here.]

3. What’s your problem?
Other than the fact that I have too much to do and too little time to do it in? Not too much. Oh, I do get annoyed when people say wizards aren't real. That's a problem for me.

4. If you could have one wish, would you give it to me?
Seriously, Rick.  [RR: I guess that's a "no"]

5. Where you at?
Most of the time I'm not entirely sure. Right now I do believe I'm sitting at the lounge room table, though I just came from the dentist and popped some Amoxicillin, so I could be wrong.

6. If you had to choose only one vice, what would it be?
Coffee. [RR: Here in Seattle, we don't consider coffee a vice, for Heaven's sakes!]

7. What’s your favorite brand of cereal?
Jungle Oats [RR: I think I've sown those before.]

8. When you wake up in the morning, what celebrity do you most resemble?

9. Do you know your ass from a hole in the ground? And if so, how do you tell the difference?
Honestly, I frequently don’t. It's not a pleasant experience tripping over your own ass, but I have to admit that it does happen. Frequently.

10. Do you have anything you’d like to plug?
Other than everyone has to read the Lambda Award nominated Periphery—Erotic Lesbian Futures.  (Because, you know, the stories are awesome). You can keep up to date with me on my blog. You can also download a free copy of my story "Outside The Box" (a sir Julius Vogel Award nominee for Best Short Story this year) hereI'm in the middle of writing a monster fantasy novel, and I love chatting about stuff like science and magic and metaphysics and everything in between. Feel free to drop me a note at if you want to get into it.

Lynne Jamneck is a South African writer, currently living in Wellington, New Zealand. She has published short fiction in various markets, including Jabberwocky Magazine, H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror, So Fey: Queer Fairy Fiction and Spicy Slipstream Stories. For Lethe Press, she edited, selected and introduced the SF anthology, Periphery. Lynne is a postgraduate English Literature student at the Victoria University of Wellington.

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