A. Ace maritime troubleshooter (I always liked that description of Dirk Pitt on the back of a Clive Cussler book)
A. Film librarian in a video warehouse
A. Melbourne, Australia
A. Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann, John Williams, Thomas Newman
A. 2001: A Space Odyssey
A. The Simpsons
A. A constant battle with brainwashing
A. Remember you are only a dog
A. Edinburgh or Paris
A. Napoleon Bonaparte, sadly
A. Roman Polanski (for his films)
A. Do that again and I'll kill ya.
A. Last time I said that
A. Fluency in ten languages
A. Climbing a drainpipe to a third-story roof
A. A cockatoo. Live to a hundred and always smiling
A. King Midas. "Will you touch this book?"
A. Leaf blowers.
A. Playing snooker
A. Film scout
A. Integrity. Compassion. Self-deprecation.
A. The film scores of Jerry Goldsmith
A. Anthony Burgess, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Oscar Hijuelos, Jules Verne, Robert Harris.
A. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez The Voyages Extraordinaires series by Jules Verne The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
A. See above
A. It's largely a lottery, so don't count on talent
A. You use long sentences
A. I'd written some labor-intensive historical novels and wanted to take a break. The Unscratchables is just one idea I've had percolating for years. I wasn't sure if it work as a book but, once having started it, was genuinely surprised at how well it seemed to read on the page.