Random Interview Saturday! Jeremy Rodden

The H. L. Burke Random Interview is not like other interviews. The questions are all over the place. They have no purpose. Their purpose is their lack of purpose.
There are nine questions because cats, but these nine questions are subject to change without notice, so the questions one person answers may not be the questions answered by the next author.
The Bat-Mobile zoooooooooooms into the post. The door opens and in a cloud of fog, our next author emerges. Who is beneath the cowl? It's JEREMY RODDEN!

Jeremy Rodden

Author Biography
Jeremy Rodden considers himself a dad first and an author second. He is the author of the middle grade/young adult Toonopolis series of books that take place in his cartoon universe. He also edited, contributed to, and published The Myth of Mr. Mom, a non-fiction series of essays by stay-at-home dads. He can be found at his author/review blog (www.toonopolis.com) or on Twitter @toonopolis.

What's in the box? What box? How should I know!? You're the one standing there with an imaginary box! My general response to this question is Brad Pitt's wife's head, but that would be a spoiler for anyone who hasn't seen the movie Seven. Let's just go with a more modern pop culture reference and say it's a Mr. Meeseeks. Look at me!
You have superpowers. What are they and what do you do with them? Time stopping. As a stay-at-home dad and a writer, that would be the best thing for me to have. Stop time. Clean house. Stop time. Write more. Stop time... take a nap? OMG. Can I please have these powers so I can take a nap?
I know exercise is good for me, but it is not entertaining. What methods do you suggest for making workouts more fun? Fun? Do it with a friend. My biggest successes in exercising were when I had a workout partner. I've gotta get back to exercising since my youngest is over 2 years old now.
What is your ideal writing space? A controlled environment with no noises that I'm not creating. Ideally, this is in my office with music playing (I listen to a lot of instrumental stuff when I write). Current playlist includes a heavy dose of Lindsey Stirling (hip-hop violinist) and Nightwish (Finnish symphonic metal). Of course, this also requires my children be either sleeping or away somewhere, which is the hardest part. I can't do the "write in Starbucks" deal, but I have written on my laptop at children's birthday parties or on my iPhone in the car line waiting for my children to get out of school. Whatever works!
You can time travel in an oddly specific way that only allows you to visit other authors. Where do you go and what do you do? Man, that's tough. I would fear being disappointed by meeting my heroes like Lewis Carroll or Douglas Adams. They may not be nearly as cool as their works (especially the former, who was a mathematician). I'd probably try to find a way to hang out with Neil Gaiman. Maybe join him on his travels across the United States while he was researching and writing American Gods. That would be a fun party.
Give yourself a totally new look, as dramatic as you want. What is it? I've already done that and I'm happy with the results. Several years ago I was out of shape and put on a bunch of "stay at home parent" weight. I began working out and changed my body (look more like a former football player than a former English teacher now). In March, I began shaving my head for the first time and the response to shaved head/full beard has been overwhelmingly positive. I'm happy with how I look now (minus the aforementioned need to get back to working out since my youngest was born).
Tree House or Cave? And why? Tree house. I've always loved climbing trees. I used to sit in trees and read when I was in college (until campus security yelled at me). I prefer the freedom and vision of being high up in a tree to the closed in darkness of a cave.
Nic Cage: Mad man or misunderstood genius? Why not both?
If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it? Would you like to take a nap? Yes. Yes I would.

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