INTERVIEW WITH EMLYN CHAND
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Past. I’m too worried going to the future would ruin life for me. I mean, what if humanity’s destroyed itself? Then how do you keep living in your present time knowing doom and gloom is on its way? One ticket back in time please!
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Oh, gosh! Um... James Joyce, Edgar Allan Poe, and Ken Kesey – all enormously talented authors; all certifiably insane (and therefore they’d make interesting dinner guests). I’d also take along DH Lawrence and JK Rowling. We’d have quite the literary round table while eating... I don’t know... shepherd’s pie? Gotta accommodate my dead British author friends!
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
First, I’d like to have a supply of fresh water, because the island is probably surrounded by salt water, and I need to stay hydrated (very pragmatic and boring, huh?). Second, I’d like to have something to keep me warm and sheltered at night. Third, I’d like a comm device, so I could call in help and no longer be stranded. Ta-da! That’s how you do the desert island question ;-)
What is one book everyone should read?
My favorite book is A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, definitely. The novel has so many layers and entertains on so many levels. Also the characters in that novel seem more real than those from any other I’ve ever read. It’s just beautiful—that’s the only word for it. This one book everyone should attempt regardless of genre preference.
If you were a superhero what would your name be?
HyperSpeed—because that’s how I live my life. If I want to get something done, I get it done. Okay, I procrastinate *a little bit* on Facebook. Okay, a lot a bit, but I still do manage to get a crazy amount accomplished. I’ve been asked more than once whether (a) I have a clone army or (b) I ever sleep. HyperSpeed to the rescue. Zoooom!
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Ooo, I’d love to be the master of time and space—that isn’t too much to ask for, is it? I promise not to abuse my newfound powers, but—c’mon—being able to travel great distances in a microsecond or to actually pack more hours into my busy work day would be awesome!
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Chocolate, of course, but not just plain chocolate—chocolate with lots of chunky goodness mixed in like nuts, marshmallows, cookie pieces, cookie dough, anything nummy.
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Urm, how about one of my relatives from way back? I have no idea which one, but somebody who is super awesome and impressive and had a cool life, someone who can teach me about where I came from in the best possible light. Yeah, that would be totally cool.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Things I should not eat for breakfast like candy and ice cream. I also enjoy toaster waffles with a drizzle of honey on them.
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