I am excited to present my fifth author interview for two reasons:
1) Tonight’s guest is a male children’s book author (novel!),
2) I was afraid I was going to be prevented from posting tonight! Our Internet connection was down for a few hours today, and I started envisioning an Emergency Authorial Intrusion Posting Plan … complete with me transferring precious interview data onto this memory storage thing we used to use in the old days called a disk, and plunging out into the dark, rainy night, searching desperately for a secure PC with which to entrust my sensitive html code.
Then I realized I could just drive five minutes down the road with my laptop and find a free wi-fi connection at a Starbucks.
And now, without further ado, our first BOY guest – David Lubar!
David Lubar - davidlubar - is the author of eleven MG and YA books, ranging from the funny to the very funny. His most recent book (published this month!) is The Curse of the Campfire Weenies, the third in a series of short story collections, which the San Francisco Chronicle calls “Pleasingly short, well-crafted pieces…mixes the comic and the creepy, the merely weird with the truly haunting.”
I had the pleasure of reading Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie in audiobook form. It feels weird to say that I 'read' it, since I was driving at the time, but audiobooks count!
I could write pages more about the prolific and chuckle-inducing Mr. Lubar, but I prefer to let the man speak for himself. He has a website full of great stuff for kids and grownups, so check it out: http://www.davidlubar.com/index.html.
Thai food or Chinese?
Both, as often as possible.
In 1973, during my sophomore year of college, I got a 68 Plymouth Satellite. It was huge, red, and constantly in need of repair. This was where I learned all the crucial driving junk-car techniques, such as how to travel 30 miles with a leaking radiator hose (I filled up at a convenient stream) and how to avoid ever stopping when your alternator and battery are dying at the same time. I loved that car. I was in a bluegrass band for a while, and I'd take the whole band in it, along with all the equipment, including the acoustic bass. We'd drive around with the neck of the bass sticking out the rear passenger window. I could parallel park it in a space just slightly bigger than the car. I have since then totally lost that skill, and now need a space at least twice the size of the car.
What books are on your night-stand right now?
Just one -- How to Declutter Your Night Stand.
Your five favorite movies.
The Philadelphia Story (not to be confused with Philadelphia), Enter the Dragon, Inherit the Wind, The Usual Suspects, The Hustler.
Best present anyone ever gave you.
I love to listen to music while I work. Back when I designing video games, I sometime had to go out of state to the main office for a week or so at a time. Between the long hours, and the bleak nights in a motel room on the highway, it wasn't a lot of fun. I was there, way back in the late 1980s, when a package arrived for me. My wife had bought a Discman (which was fairly new technology back then), and packed it up along with a bunch of my favorite CDs. I think this act of kindness became a company legend.
Write a spam subject line for us.
You Were Absolutely Right! (Who could resist opening email with a subject like this?)
Bach, Beethoven, or Bon Jovi?
Bach. I'm a baroque kind of guy. Right now, with estimated taxes approaching, I’m feeling especially baroque. Seriously, Bach is amazing. I can listen to something I've heard a thousand times, and still be struck by the wonder of it as if I'm hearing it for the first time. Or maybe I'm just getting forgetful.
Rain or sun?
Sun. Unless I'm on fire.
Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Be born to rich parents.
Where would you like to travel that you haven't yet?
Pick three words to go on your tombstone.
You are here.
Thanks, David, for indulging our curiosity!