Wow. This is tough. German Chocolate? I’m more of an ice cream guy, really.
Question 2: Please name your favourite villain
And this is much tougher. Are we talking movies, books, TV, games, theatre, comics? I’m guessing books, but even there, there are still so many to choose from. Growing up, I read about the Saurons and Lord Fouls and other nefarious baddies, and while I always got a kick out of them, even as a kid I found myself asking “Why?” a lot. What’s the motivation? What is he so dang angry about? Just being villainous for the sake of villainy or evil seemed flat, limited, or less interesting than a more developed or nuanced character.
Don’t get me wrong—there’s certainly something to be said for scenery-chewing, maniacal, genocidal, assassin-god worshipping, remorseless villains. They can be terrifying, all right. But for my money, I prefer a villain that is human, flawed, conflicted, motivated by more than simple bloodlust of power-mongering. Give me batshit crazy Cersei Lannister, or slippery Iago, or devilishly cultured Hannibal Lecter. No, the villain doesn’t have to necessarily be “gray” (kind of tired of that whole thing) or sympathetic even, but having some layers or contradictions or nuance is always a plus.
Question 3: A stranger walks up to you on the street, hands you a briefcase and says “You know what to do”. How do you react?
Well, I’d probably assume they were M16, CIA, Mossad, or some other elite intelligence agency or directorate that hand-picked me to be an ad hoc civilian operative for some really exciting, dangerous, and once-in-a-lifetime covert operation. And then I’d stand there, paralyzed, having no idea what to do, blinking, and as I tried to imagine what Brad Pitt would do, the stranger would shake his head, say “I told them a Salyards was a mistake” and walk away with the briefcase.
Question 4: What’s your most preferred question from a fan/interviewer?
Anything that surprises me or forces to think about something I haven’t really answered much before. Even if it’s goofy or out of left field, if it’s an unusual question that makes me smile.
Question 5: What’s your least preferred question from a fan/interviewer?
Probably something along the lines of “Who are your influences?” I totally get why people ask that—I’ve asked folks. But it’s a pretty rote/routine question and tends to result in lukewarm or uninspired responses if the person has answered it elsewhere a dozen (or in the case of those bigshot writers out there, a thousand) times before.Website: http://jeffsalyards.com/ Twitter: @JeffSalyards