P.S. Broadduss is the author of ‘A Hero’s Curse’, I reviewed this book here on the blog not too long ago. He kindly agreed to do an interview with me. Apparently my questions are ‘a ton of fun’ and his answers are certainly interesting. I have to admit I would quite like to join the dinner party with the quests that he would invite!
What inspired you to write ‘A Hero’s Curse?’
C.S. Lewis talked about how he came to write the books of Narnia, saying that they “all began with a picture of a Faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood.” My own storytelling is similar. I write from images in my head. For me it was the picture of a young blind girl standing in the desert, listening to a long awaited storm rolling in.
Which one of your characters would you like to be for the day and why and what would you spend the day doing?
I would enjoy being Tig. He and I share a love for snarkiness. I would probably spend the day napping in the sun.
What was your favorite book as a child?
Tough question, as I had several. I have revisited The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame most often. For more on books that shaped my childhood, check out this post.
What character (of any book by any author) would you like to have dinner with and why?
Probably Professor Lupin, from the Harry Potter Series. He has a broad knowledge of the wizarding world and is one of the most approachable and straightforward adults in the series. I feel like we could talk for hours about the wizarding world without him glowering at me (sorry Snape—I’m just too curious), or being over-awed while not getting full answers (Dumbledore, you’re awesome, but maybe a bit much so…and you play everything too close to your chest for a dinner guest). Any of the younger folk—Harry, Hermione, Ron—I feel like I know a lot about them and their lives and we would just re-live stuff and say wow, isn’t that cool—but they don’t have the depth of experience and history the adults have, and that’s what I’d want to mine. If Professor Lupin was busy, I suppose I’d enjoy having Boromir over, or Legolas, or Gimli—the dwarves especially love a good story. So yeah…my dinner guest list is fairly long.
You are stranded on a desert island with a character from one of your favorite books, who is it and what is the first thing you do together?
I’d probably go with Samwise Gamgee or Ron Weasley. I mean, there’s a ton of folks it would be fun to hang out with for a couple of days—and there are a ton of folks who have skills to help us survive or get home. But as far as long term companionship without going crazy or going at each other—it’s got to be Sam or Ron. The first thing we’d do? Probably figure out what to eat and get a cooking fire going. See, they’re so dern practical!
Would you rather have a witch or a wizard as a best friend?
A wizard who can teach me to play quidditch.
What author would you like to go in a submarine with?
The funny thing is, there are a lot of authors out there who write great books, but it would be a nightmare to get trapped in a submarine with them. Authors and writers are a strange, rummy bunch. Probably C.S. Lewis or Tolkien—they both had their quirks, but we would probably get along just fine.
Merlin has come along and changed you into a cat, you have to find the antidote, what is it and who has it?
Why do I need the antidote? I mean, I get to be a cat!
Would you rather have a dogs tail or cats ears?
Cat’s ears. Super hearing. But I would probably wear a beanie most of the time.
When writing your books how do you decide the personalities of your characters and do you ever base them on people you know?
Often I do a character sketch, but then that character develops a life of their own. I haven’t ever based them on people I know—real life is stranger than fiction—rather, characters often pick up bits here and there, from something I saw, a conversation I heard, or a personality aspect that fits.
Who would play you in the movie of your life and why?
Well, if we’re being honest, my wife and I think it should probably be Dick Van Dyke. On the Dick Van Dyke show he is a writer with a beautiful wife and little boy. There are a few differences—I’ve got three boys and I don’t do a part in my hair, but it is pretty close.
What book do you wish you had written?
Interesting question—none of my favorites—I like the way they were written, and nobody could have done them better. But then, I wouldn’t have wanted to have my name across something I don’t like either!
Who’s your favorite author and why?
C.S. Lewis is such a powerful storyteller and uses analogy beautifully. J.K. Rowling’s world building and character building makes me want to revisit the stories again and again. And then there’s P.G. Wodehouse. He has a turn of phrase and a way with words that makes me laugh and will keep me coming back for more.
Where can readers find you?
You can haunt me on twitter, @psbroaddus, find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/aheroscurse/, follow me on Goodreads (P.S. Broaddus or A Hero’s Curse), subscribe to our YouTube channel, (psbroaddus) or check out our website and subscribe to the blog at www.psbroaddus.com. I’m always excited to hear from fellow adventurers!