Saturday, 23 November 2013


Writers chatting to each other on writing. Tedious or devious? Let’s have twenty questions, and find out. In this guest-spot, The Rampaging Papi Zilla delivers the answers...
   This isn't just about plugging a sale in December. Some authors featured here can't run a sale on the day. The blog is also open to unpublished writers. Blogger Papi hopes to publish one day.

1. Fire rages in your house. Everyone is safe, but you. You decide to smash through the window, shielding your face with a book. What is the book?

The Dark Tower Book 7. I don't care if that tripe gets damaged.

2. Asleep in your rebuilt house, you dream of meeting a dead author. But not in a creepy stalkerish way, so you shoo Mr Poe out of the kitchen. Instead, you sit down and have cake with which dead author?

F.Scott Fitzgerald. I ask him why he wrote the dreadful Great Gatsby.

3. Would you name six essential items for writers? If, you know, cornered and threatened with torture.

Stress ball. Shooter's Bible (to get all of the calibers and gun accessories right), Gray's Anatomy (to get all of the wounded body-parts right), Pen/Pencil/Paper/Computer, Comfortable work space and music.

4. Who’d win in a fight between Count Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster? If, you know, you were writing that scene.

Dracula. Vampire strength and quickness is more than a match for old Frank.

5. It’s the end of a long and tiring day. You are still writing a scene. Do you see it through to the end, even though matchsticks prop your eyelids open, or do you sleep on it and return, refreshed, to slay that literary dragon another day?

I go to sleep and relax my mind.

6. You must introduce a plot-twist. Evil twin or luggage mix-up?

Luggage mix-up orchestrated by evil twin.

7. Let’s say you write a bunch of books featuring an amazing recurring villain. At the end of your latest story you have definitely absitively posolutely killed off the villain for all time and then some. Did you pepper your narrative with clues hinting at the chance of a villainous return in the next book?

Of course. If Stefano DiMera can return on Days of our Lives, so can my popular character.

8. You are at sea in a lifeboat, with the barest chance of surviving the raging storm. There’s one opportunity to save a character, drifting by this scene. Do you save the idealistic hero or the tragic villain?

The hero.

9. It’s time to kill a much-loved character – that pesky plot intrudes. Do you just type it up, heartlessly, or are there any strange rituals to be performed before the deed is done?

Kill it! Kill it with fire!

10. Embarrassing typo time. I’m always typing thongs instead of things. One day, that’ll land me in trouble. Care to share any wildly embarrassing typing anecdotes? If, you know, the wrong word suddenly made something so much funnier. (My last crime against typing lay in omitting the u from Superman.)

Fortunately I have yet to make this error. Though I believe my time is coming short and it will be epic when it does.

11. I’ve fallen out of my chair laughing at all sorts of thongs I’ve typed. Have you?

Yes. This one time, at band camp...

12. You take a classic literary work and update it by throwing in rocket ships. Dare you name that story? Pride and Prejudice on Mars. That kind of thing.

Great Gatsby Kills Again! In Space! (Anything to make it better than it was.)
   (Overt Danny Trejo references will be removed from this blog - Eclectic Ed.)

13. Seen the movie. Read the book. And your preference was for?

Book, every time.

14. Occupational hazard of being a writer. Has a book ever fallen on your head? This may occasionally happen to non-writers, it must be said.

Yes, many times. I have the dents in my noggin to prove it.

15. Did you ever read a series of books out of sequence?

Unfortunately yes. It was a good enough series that it did not matter though.

16. You encounter a story just as you are writing the same type of tale. Do you abandon your work, or keep going with the other one to ensure there won’t be endless similarities?

I have abandoned the work. And may have angrily plotted the other person's death...oh, you didn't ask that?
   (Overt Danny Trejo references will be removed from this blog - Eclectic Ed.)

17. Have you ever stumbled across a Much-Loved Children’s Classic™ that you’ve never heard of?

No, because then I would have heard of it. ;)

18. You build a secret passage into your story. Where?

If I told you it wouldn't be secret.

19. Facing the prospect of writing erotica, you decide on a racy pen-name. And that would be…

Johnny Jizz.

20. On a train a fan praises your work, mistaking you for another author. What happens next?

Depending on whether the other Author is good or not, I ask if they want an autograph...he he he.

You'll find a whole lot of rampaging going on at Papi Zilla's blog. Sometimes he's Papizilla. Occasionally he doesn't rampage. He rages instead. There's ranting...I didn't want to get into that.
   I answer my own questions HERE on Papi Zilla's blog.

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