About Adam Lehrhaupt
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Pizza delivery driver, Assistant Light Designer for several bands as they toured the US, Magi for David Copperfield, volunteer on a kibbutz, Graphic Designer, Sr. Art Director
Q. Favorite job
A. Working for the Allman Brothers was fun, but I would have to say working for David Copperfield.
Q. High school and/or college
A. I went to Pennsbury High School in PA, and graduated college from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. I enjoy all kinds of music. It's hard to pick just one, but I'm on a bit of a They Might Be Giants kick right now.
Q. Favorite movie
A. This changes a lot, but I've gone back and watch Kirusowa's Hidden Fortress again recently and it's great. I mean, come on, Lucas based Star Wars on it.
Q. Favorite television show
A. Big Bang Theory or Psych. They are both brilliant.
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Unusual adventure with family, friends, and naughty monkeys.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Create as much as possible, love deeply, and enjoy every moment.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. On a cool sunny day, I sit in the shade of a tree at the edge of a beach. A light breeze blows across, and ruffles the pages of my book. I can hear my kids playing in the sand to my side. My wife dozes contentedly on our blanket. Birds chirp quietly in the distance. Moisture glistens as it runs down the side of my cold beverage. Yeah, that about sums it up.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Failing my children.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Either Bora Bora, or Lake Tahoe. It depends on the season.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. At some point, someone figured out that sun would come up every day, even without all the dancing and singing. It would have to be that guy.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. My parents.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. I say 'like' a lot. Also, I add a lot of commas that don't need to be there. For instance, that one.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. I'm pretty good here. Not much that I regret.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Is 'being tall' a talent? Because I'd really like to do that. Be tall I mean.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. My kids.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Thinking about myself before others. It's hard not to do, but I'm working on it.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Creativity. Thinking outside the box. Drawing outside the lines.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I wouldn't mind being a divine entity for a while. All powerful, maybe. But, not forever. Just a quick trial day to get a feel for it and then back to being me.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. My hair.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. I've always been partial to the Norse gods, because they are divine, but flawed. I like the duality that is there. But, if we are talking about in a book, I'll take the tree in the Giving Tree. A selfless hero to look up to.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. This one is tough. I really like the tragic ones. Frankenstein's monster, Darth Vader or even Capt. Ahab (The whale is the hero of that one, right?)
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. If we are talking historical literary character, I'd go with The Fool, from King Lear. This might be partially due to loving the book Fool by Christopher Moore, but I loved Lear when I studied it in college and always wondered about this character. He seems smart and put together, but he follows this raving mad man around the countryside. I'd want to know why and what he got out of it.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Does 'guy who sits on the beach' count as an occupation?
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Battle mage.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Kindness, intellect, self confidence.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Christopher Moore, Neil Gaiman, Jay Kristoff, Phillip K. Dick, Douglas Adams, Hunter S. Thompson, Patrick Rothfuss, Kevin Hearn, I could go on and on. For kids stuff, I love Sendak, Silverstein, Geisle and more recently Ame Dyckman, Scott Westerfeld, Rick Riordan... I read voraciously. I could keep listing names for a while here, but I think you get the idea.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Good Omens - This is such a funny book. It has a Douglas Adams feel, but tackles very different subject matter.The Name of the Rose - It's a book...about a book.Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - When I sit down to write a story, it is questions like this that help me find some of my best material. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal - Love, LOVE this book. Everyone should have a copy.On The Road - This is the book that made me want to write in the first place. It also made me want to wander around the world collecting experiences.
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. I think I've read the book Lamb: the Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal 5 or 6 times. It's the book I keep on hand to give to anyone who says they've never read it.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Join the organization affiliated with your target market, SCBWI, SFWA, etc. and get into a critique group.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. YOU wrote this?