Random Interview Saturday! Nix Whittaker


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.

An airship swoops in, guns ablazing. A rope ladder unfurls and down swings our next author, Nix Whittaker!!! 

Author Bio

Born in South Africa Nix Whittaker moved to New Zealand as a young teenager. Fascinated with the world of Fantasy and Science Fiction she consumed them all through her childhood and into her adulthood. When she ran out of books to read she was forced to start writing books just to feed her voracious need to read.

Now living and writing in New Zealand, her second home, she lives with her cats and dog in a picturesque rural setting. Where she can write to her heart's content.

The Interview!

You're walking along the seashore when you see something sticking out of the sand. What is it and how do you approach it?
A jellyfish called a blue bottle and very cautiously. When I was growing up we used to have those all the time on the beach and it made swimming almost impossible. Even though the water was warm like a bathtub. I now live in a place where there are no blue bottles but the water is freezing. I don't know if I'm nostalgic for the warm water or the blue bottles.

Technology or Magic?
Technology. I'm a super fan of fantasy but I wonder sometimes if throwing magic at a story is just a little lazy. I have dragons who can teleport and change shape in one of my books and it isn't magic but science that allows this. A little bit of entanglement and a touch of string theory. Not that I understand any of that kind of physics but I like solving the problem with something a little more intelligent than just they could do it because of magic. I think that is why when I do read urban fantasy I like the ones that have made magic clever or have put some real thought into it.

You have to trade places with one of your characters for a day. Which and why?
Hara, no, Gideon, No, definitely Hara. Hara is a genius that accidentally stole a pirate ship and caught the eye of a dragon. I like the idea of being a dragon but I would rather be super clever. And of course, flying around in an airship. Funny because I don't like flying but I would kill to spend a day in an airship. All steampunked up. That would be truly awesome.

In your opinion, which is the best space ship?
I can't decide Enterprise or the Death Star. The Enterprise is prettier but the Death Star is big enough to have its own gravity and of course big and scary. It depends. If I wanted to impress my ex I think I would go with the Death Star and scare the bejeebiz out of them but I think my everyday ride would be the Enterprise. I could so with a replicator instead of having to cook and do the dishes. 

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
None, he'd contract it out so he could spend more time with his wife.

I think I need a new pet. What should I get and why?
A half llama, half fox called a Llamox. I like foxes and I like Llama's so one day my students in class drew me a llamox and now it is my go-to fictional pet.

If you had to board yourself up in a store to wait out the apocalypse, what store would you choose?
The Warehouse. It is a bit like Kmart but the New Zealand version. they have everything from food to clothes to lawn chairs. As a kid I used to spend hours just mucking around in there. Playing with feather boas and playing putt putt in the aisles until security moved us on. 

You have superpowers. What are they and what do you do with them?

When I was younger it was the ability to move things with my mind. Mostly because I would be reading in bed when it was bed time and I wouldn't want to get out of my cozy blankets to turn off the light and close the bedroom door. Now I want to have the ability to read minds. I would love to figure out what makes people tick.

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