Master storyteller Joe Lansdale, author of the Hap & Leonard series, Edge of Dark Water, The Thicket and many more, answered our quickfire questions…
I have many favorite authors, favorites for different things, but if pushed in a corner today I would say Mark Twain.
TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD. Also my favorite novel.
Philip Marlowe because he was witty and had a descriptive eye.
Who has been a big influence on your writing?
My parents because they encouraged me.
Who would you want to play you in a movie?
Nobody. I don’t want to see a movie about me.
What would your ideal holiday be?
I’m having it. At home, working, reading, watching movies, going to work out later.
If you could travel in time, forward or back, where would you go?
I’d go back in time and start writing earlier.
Best ever fictional murder weapon?
The frozen leg of lamb from Roald Dahl’s story.
If I wasn’t a writer, I’d be…
The book I’ve read the most times is
TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD, followed closely by HUCKLEBERRY FINN
Your favourite fictional murder method
I’m going to go back to the frozen leg of lamb, because the evidence could be eaten.
What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever had to Google when researching for a book?
Sex life of armadillos, and then I didn’t use it. It wasn’t as interesting as you might think.
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
I can’t see any advantage to being invisible except for negative reasons. Pass.
Who’s the fictional character you’d most like to murder?
Gorgeous George. I hate that damn monkey.
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