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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Author Interview – JC Andrijeski

7:00 AM Posted by James Noel No comments

What is your favorite color? Anyone who’s seen my Allie’s War series would know that I have a bit of a love affair going with the color green. I’ve very fond of sky blue, too…and yellow is quite nice…and orange. I feel a bit bad picking favorites, actually, as they each have their days when they seem better than all of the others. I guess I’m just a color slut, when it comes down to it.

What is your favorite food? Probably sushi, although it’s definitely a treat more than a staple. I also love Mexican food, but it’s a bit heavy for me these days, unless I’m working out a lot. Truthfully, I eat a lot of sandwiches. Maybe it’s a writer thing?

What’s your favorite place in the entire world? Honestly, at the risk of sounding like a regionalist snob, probably San Francisco, although it’s changed a lot over the years. I also fell in love with Paris…and Bangkok. And yeah, I’m kind of a city person, as you can probably tell. I love the energy of cities, especially if they are beautiful, and/or set in a beautiful environment.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing? Huh. Lots of ways, actually. My parents had bookshelves pretty much all over the house while I was growing up, and gave me tons to read…and varied stuff, too, from a young age. My mom and I still talk books and share our ‘finds,’ and she and my sister have both been active in book and reading clubs as adults. On a different note, living where we lived, up in the hills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, provided a lot of inspiration in different ways…from the natural beauty to some of the quirks of the new Silicon Valley culture that emerged during my own formative years. As a part of that, I was lucky enough to grow up with the kids of some of the more creative and innovative people out there at the time.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Actually, no, I don’t…not precisely, but I think I geared into writing as a means of telling stories pretty much as soon as I learned how to write at all. My personality quirks convinced me early on that it was often safer to write down some of the weird stuff that came into my head than it was to voice it aloud…and I always loved telling stories, pretty much from birth. According to my mother, I ‘marched to my own drummer’ from day one, and always kind of had my head in the clouds. I used to think that made me a freak. Now I know it just makes me a fiction writer.

When and why did you begin writing? I think I was around six or seven. I have a few of those early stories. They’re pretty funny, partly because I see some small element of the same themes that plague me even now as a writer…meaning the ideas I tend to chew on over and over in different ways in a lot of my writing. Most of them involved dogs or rabbits, though. I was a huge fan of Watership Down, obsessively so as a kid.

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Genre – SciFi / Fantasy / Romance

Rating – PG13

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