About Stuart Gibbs
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. When I was in college, I produced TV news and worked in a zoo. I also studied capybaras.
Q. Favorite job
A. I love being a writer. Although working in a zoo was a blast.
Q. High school and/or college
A. Winston Churchill High School in San Antonio. The University of Pennsylvania.
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. I know it's a cliche to say the Beatles, but it's the Beatles.
Q. Favorite movie
A. Raiders of the Lost Ark
Q. Favorite television show
A. The Daily Show
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Fun, Exciting Adventures & Warm, Wonderful Family. Woohoo!
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. I've been telling myself "Life is Good" every day since long before there was a clothing company with that name
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. There's a lot of things that make me happy. Spending time with family and friends. Traveling to amazing places. Encountering animals in the wild. So perhaps the most perfect thing I could imagine would be taking my family someplace amazing, like Glacier National Park or the Serengeti in Africa.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Something bad happening to one of my children.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. On safari in Africa
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Teddy Roosevelt (the namesake of Teddy Fitzroy in Belly Up). He was always up for adventure, always learning, loved his family and founded the National Park System.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. My wife. Everyone respects how good she is at her job -- and yet, I've never met anyone who doesn't like her.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. "Just" There's a great website called wordcloud. You enter text into it and it creates a picture of all your most used words, with the words you used most being the biggest. I pasted all of the first draft of 'Belly Up' into it and discovered I'd used the word "Just" more than my own protagonist's name. So I went back through the book and cut out hundreds of "justs."
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I'd like to meet Charles Darwin and have him tell me, in detail, about all his adventures sailing around the world and how the concept of evolution came to him.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Being a scientist. I'd like to be doing animal research in the field.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Trustworthiness, respect for other people -- and the ability to make people laugh.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Ice cream
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. The Beatles' "Revolution"; David Byrne's cover of "Don't Fence Me In"; Bobby Darin's "Beyond the Sea"; Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture -- and any cover by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, though if I have to pick one, it's "Rainbow Connection"
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Carl Hiaasen and Gregory McDonald are the greats when it comes to writing comic mysteries. Bill Bryson can take any topic in the world and making it fascinating and funny. Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein's books have been making me laugh since I was a kid. And Terry Pratchett is the champion of writing hilarious fantasy.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Impossible to pick a favorite Carl Hiaasen novel, but let's say "Tourist Season" because it was the first I read. Same goes with Gregory McDonald, so let's say "Fletch.""The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles" by Julie Edwards was my favorite book as a kid."A Brief History of Everything" by Bill Bryson."Innumeracy" by John Allen Paulos may have influenced the way I think more than any other book I've ever read.
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. "Skin Tight" or "Native Tongue" by Hiaasen. "Fletch" by McDonald.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. If you don't love writing, don't write for a living; if you do love writing, write all the time.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. When are you going to write a sequel to 'Belly Up'?