Interview Questions I Never Want to Be Asked Again

Jeff VanderMeer • June 9th, 2011 @ 9:38 am • Writing Tips

What is Steampunk?

Why do you write about squid?

Why do you write about mushrooms?

Why aren’t there airplanes in Ambergris?

Why are you so anti-fungi?

Why is your writing so weird?

Why are you so mean to your characters?

What are you wearing?

11 Responses to “Interview Questions I Never Want to Be Asked Again”

  1. Luís Rodrigues says:

    No “Where do you get your ideas”?

  2. GabrielM says:

    “What are you wearing”?? Who was interviewing you, Antony Weiner?

  3. Will Hindmarch says:

    Uh oh, I know I’m guilty of at least one of those!

  4. Dustin Monk says:

    Jokes aside, why *aren’t* there any airplanes in Ambergris? I mean, contextually speaking, it would’ve made a lot more sense for the gray caps to travel by plane than by “door,” right? Also, you could’ve given the reader that all too critical *aerial view* most of your work is criticized for lacking. I don’t know. I guess it’s something to think about. Have you considerd restructuring “Borne” so that it all takes place in an airplane? That’ll show ‘em!

  5. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Gabriel–I was being interviewed over the phone by Australian national radio about steampunk. I’d just stupidly answered “steam-powered mechanical corsets” when asked about the fashion side, and the interviewer asked, “What are you wearing?”

    Dustin–yeah, there’s a definite lack of birdy and floaty things in Ambergris mech-tech. Lots of them in the mushy-tech.

  6. redhead says:

    i would have thought you were pro-fungi.

  7. jeff vandermeer says:

    I know, right? I am indeed pro-fungi but a few people think just because the gray caps aren’t always nice I am anti-fungi. Do not confuse the writer with the work! Not to mention I don’t know whether I favor humans over gray caps…

  8. Daniel S says:

    Australian national radio? What station?

  9. Larry says:

    Can I ask you in-depth questions about Mord’s religion, or would that be too spoilerific at this time?

  10. Jeremy Zerfoss says:

    I suppose i should be embarrassed that when I first read City of Saints I thought the grey caps were just dudes wearing floppy hats, but I blame this on my horrible retention rate.

    FUN FACT: I get some of those questions as well, and I’m just like, my mind craps this stuff out.

  11. Michael Phillips says:

    Why DO you write about mushrooms?

    I kid. :-p

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