Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. About halfway through and starting to get really awesome.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Never say with eight words what you can say with nine. I don't really do mottos.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. I think perfect happiness is an oxymoron. I'm not looking for perfect anything. I do have a strategy for happiness though and it is as follows: Clear my head - that means tidying my space, sorting out my tax or dealing with personal stuff. Then I go in search of adventure, it can be anywhere and in any form and doesn't even have to be new, but it often involves getting post and situations where I don't know the outcome. Then I make stuff - writing a book, doing a drawing... There's often difficulty finishing stuff I started that requires fairly brutal self discipline but when it's done I'm happy and proud. Then I start again.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. People's excuses for disrespecting one another.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. About a meter from where I'm sitting now.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. I admire all manner of historical and mythical figures but I don't particularly identify with any of them.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. This changes but yesterday I watched Alan Rusbridger (editor of the Guardian) talking before a British government select committee defending his paper's publication of the Edward Snowdon leaks and he spoke clearly with staggering common sense and integrity. Today I think he's the person I most admire.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. The point is... like and perhaps/maybe
Q. What do you regret most?
A. The adoration that I inadvertently give to people I wish to be considered equal to, then finding that some presume themselves to be superior. It makes me feel abused but I think I have been at least partly responsible.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Dancing. I would be an amazing dancer. All kind of dancing. Tap, tango, breakdancing, everything. I'd be the don of all things dance. For the moment I don't really dance. If you asked me tomorrow the answer might well be different.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Getting published. Damn it was tough but now it's happened nobody can take that away. Hurray!
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Being nice as hell and a bit innocent.
Q. What’s your best quality?
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. A cat?
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. Self depreciation that I consider both polite and funny but people can mistake for modesty. I'm not modest at all.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Harvey the invisible white rabbit rom the film Harvey
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Muttley from The Wacky Races. (There seems to be an animal theme emerging. I've never noticed being particularly interested in animals before.)
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I don't really think like that. I'd love to meet anybody from history and I'm sure I'd have loads of questions and comedy advice like never travel on a ship called Titanic but choosing one person and not another doesn't seem interesting to me.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. When people don't do what they say.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Getting lost/early evening drinks
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Hang glider pilot
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Integrity, the quality of being amazed by things, and tolerance.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Don't be stupid, that's like asking somebody to choose to be incredibly unhealthy. Something with a lot of different ingredients. Curry?
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Bach's prelude in C# major from the Well-Tempered Clavier. Where Are We Now? by David Bowie, A.D. 2000 by Erika Badu, Me and The Devil by Gil Scott Heron, Happy by Pharell Williams?