Random Interview Saturday! James Quinlan Meservy


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.

Our next author is on the run from a gang of cat bounty-hunters, so we better catch him now before he has to jump on his motorcycle and skedaddle. He's JAMES QUINLAN MESERVY!

James Quinlan Meservy

Author Bio:

My name is James Quinlan Meservy, and I love literature!

My favorite genre to read is classic literature (Charles Dickens is my favorite author), and my favorite genre to write is fantasy. Even when I attempt to write something that is not fantasy, my WIP becomes fantasy by the end of my first draft.

I live in Southeast Idaho with my wife and children, and spent my childhood living moving all across northern Utah. I consider my home town to be Mendon, Ut, a small community near Logan, Utah in the Cache Valley.

While I love most breed of domesticated dogs, especially the Siberian Husky; absolutely adore red pandas; and greatly admire kestrels, my favorite animal is the wolf.

My family enjoys spending time together; playing with Legos, hiking, playing sports, watching movies, but we love reading together.

I have always had a fascination with falcons. I love the call of the Peregrine Falcon. As I said before, I greatly admire nearly everything about kestrels. But my favorite type of falcon of all-time is the Millennium Falcon. (Yes, I am a fan of Star Wars; specifically the films.)

When I am not spending time with my family, at work, fulfilling various religious responsibilities, eating, or sleeping, I am likely writing.

The Interview

Mornin’! My name is James Quinlan Meservy, and I am excited to be here and to answer these totally random question with totally answers.

Your life is being made into a movie. Who plays you? Who plays your love interest? (or who plays your arch-enemy?)
Some totally unknown, random actor the director picked up off the street who does not know how to act plays me.  Why? Because that is exactly how I feel when I try to market my books.  Tim Curry plays the arch-enemy because he is type-cast as a bad guy so often, he knows how to do it well.  My love interest is an unknown woman with no acting experience, whose actual job is set design or some other necessary behind the scenes work.  Why? Because you never know what she can do until given a chance.

Did you bring me anything?
Friendship, because life’s greatest blessings are intangible. 

When cats take over the world, how do you plan to win their good graces?
If cat’s take over the world, I am one of the master-minds behind the Great Canine Rebellion.

Which bear is best?
Edward Bear, also known as Winnie-ther-Pooh, or called Pooh for short.

I know exercise is good for me, but it is not entertaining. What methods do you suggest for making workouts more fun?
What I do is go bike riding with the kids, play sports with the kids, or when I am exercising alone I watch a movie as I run, I have also been known to play games on my phone and listening to an audio book as I exercise. 

You have to trade places with one of your characters for a day. Which and why?
Joshua Adams.  I would change places with Joshua, he is an affluent business man whose greatest joys in life come from helping his fellow man.

On a scale of 1 to 10, what do you think your chances are of surviving the zombie invasion?
I think I would probably be one first casualty or to become one of the first zombies.  The one who is killed that announces to the world that there is an invasion.

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?
First I meet Charles Dickens, and we have a long conversation about writing techniques.  Then I spend a week - month with Mark Twain, and learn from him, perhaps even dictate a short story to be included in his never finished auto-biography.  Then I visit JRR Tolkien and learn elivish from the original master.  Then visit my contemporary author friends, KR Martin, Tessonja Oddette, Alicia Scarborough, Julianne Tomczak, James Dragon, Cris Pasqueralle, too name a few.

After that, I would go to visit Homer, and talk about inspirations.  I would also find time to meet Tolstoy and CS Lewis.  I would also enjoy talking craft with Alexander Dumas and Victor Hugo, and Stephen King, Douglas Adams, and the list goes on.

If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?
What is your favorite aspect of being a fantasy author?
Wow, thank you for asking!  My favorite aspect of writing fantasy is creating new worlds, new magical systems, and bringing new fantasy creatures to life.

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