The Author Spotlight Questions and Answers is here with a new addition - this time we have a post from Bob Defendi, who is talking about his new book Death By Cliche 3: Boldfinger, and life in Utah.
Who are you and where do you call home right now?
I’m Bob Defendi and I live in the state of denial. You know it, perhaps, as Utah.
Tell us about your latest book: your inspiration for it, how you got through your most difficult challenge in writing it, and what you love about it?
Well, each of the Death by Cliché books begins with two questions. What am I making fun of (or sometimes honoring)? What do I have to say about the human condition? Each of the books is named after a famous work of the same number in a series, and so Boldfinger became partially a send up of James Bond stories because I wanted to explore what it would take to make a Bond villain seem reasonable, at least in their own head. But since the I want to make a statement about how power interacts between the government and the governed, it’s also a tribute to a certain famous piece of French literature. And also my cat is in there. Originally, that was just a joke, but my cat became ill during the writing of the book, and by the end, that joke isn’t funny.
What are a few of your hobbies?
Gaming. Movies. Books. Toppling Central American dictators for the crime of being too “soft.”
If you had your own food truck, what would it serve?
My every whim.
What do you want to get better at doing, writing-wise?
Descriptions, I think. I always need to go back and look at my descriptions. I want to get to the stuff that interests me too quickly to describe things along the way.
What TV series are you into right now and why?
The Expanse. Because it’s genius, that’s why.
What movie do you quote the most?
Probably Ghostbusters, if only because I say, “I love this plan and I’m happy to be a part of it,” several times a week.
What do you collect, even a little bit? Tell us about your favorite one.
Regrets. For instance I once sat on Sylvester Stallone’s lap. I regret not peeing. (Not that I don’t love the man, I just think it would have been hilarious.)
What’s your preferred genre of book when you just want to escape?
What do you like to do on vacation?
Stay at home. Scan news articles for Central American dictators who aren’t living up to my rigid standards.
Is there another genre you’ve been itching to write in?
Not really. Whenever I want to, I just spin off a new parody. However, I’ll likely never get to write a really Clancyesque thriller, and that saddens me.
What unusual object do you like to bring with you if you leave the house?
The gallstones of my vanquished enemies.
If you had a champion racing pigeon, what would you name it and what would its tagline be?
Albatrix the Hate Engine, and “Bombs away.”
Finally, give us one recommendation for something - movie, TV, game, food - that you enjoyed recently.
I can’t get enough of the new Battletech game, as of this writing. I might have a problem.
Damico made a terrible mistake. You see, he didn’t destroy the Eraser, the all-powerful Artifact that gives him the ultimate power of annihilation. Instead, he kept it, and every morning he wakes up and makes the conscious decision not to become the Dark God of Destruction. Worse, he lied to woman he loves about it. I don’t know how things work in your house, but that’s usually the sort of decision you make as a couple.
Months have passed and she hasn’t forgiven him. She doesn’t trust him. She barely recognizes him. He’s starting to fear she doesn’t love him anymore.
And the natives are restless. From the head of his Empire on the Comfy Throne™, he can see the High Lords plotting against him. They urge him to reinstate the tyrannies of the past. They insist that allowing kingdoms to secede peacefully, it shows weakness, and now rebels have risen against him. He empathizes with their plight, but if he lets them go, the High Lords will use this as an excuse to overthrow him, and if he puts them down, he becomes the monster he dreads.
Also, did we mention his kitten has turned out to be the prophesized Cat of Darkness, and that the High Lords just assassinated his only two allies on the council?
Who would have thought you’d be shot in the head, end up in the worse roleplaying game of all time, and things would go downhill from there?
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