I had a great time chatting with Hugh Howey this week before our Thriller Radio Interview (below).
Here are some things we talked about before the live interview:
Thanks for taking the time to chat, Hugh. I’d like to ask you a few questions before the live interview, so here goes:
JG: What makes a story truly memorable for you?
HH: I want to care about the characters and watch them fight for what they believe in. It’s all about conflict and resolution for me.
JG: What book/writer has had the greatest influence in your life as a writer?
HH: I read ENDER”S GAME when I was twelve or thirteen, and I knew I wanted to be a writer. So I’d have to give that book the nod.
JG: Do you have any rituals or traditions before, during, or after you write a book?
HH: The ritual that really matters happens while writing a book, and that’s the ritual of getting up every morning and writing. I’ve been doing it for over four years, now. If you really stick with it, the words start to pile up.
JG: What are some issues in our world today that concern you, and what do you think can be done about them?
HH: Inaction concerns me. Not just the inaction in Congress right now, but the lack of motivation we all seem to feel to make things better. We seem more content to distract ourselves than to go out and clean up our yards, our neighborhoods, our counties. Just like writing, all it takes is a little work every single day, and the good starts to pile up.
JG: Thanks for taking the time to be on the blog, Hugh.
Here is the live interview that followed: