About Chris Mancini
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. I've had all sorts of jobs including being a vitamin label proofreader, a journalist, a spotter on American Gladiators and a soap opera writer. All true!
Q. Favorite job
Q. High school and/or college
A. Temple University in Philadelphia
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. My tastes are eclectic, right now I'm listening to Coldplay and Rise Against.
Q. Favorite movie
A. The Seventh Seal
Q. Favorite television show
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Joyfully unpredictable.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Keep trying, even if everyone thinks you're crazy. One of you has to be right, and if you're crazy, then what do you care?
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Happiness, by it's very nature, is imperfect. So deal.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Clowns on motorcycles. I mean, think about it. If you see a clown on a motorcycle coming at you, there would be no question that the world was ending.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Either New Zealand or Glastonbury, England
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. My wife. She doesn't let anything get her down, including me.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. "of course", "simply", "basically" "seriously", and "Where are you going with that midget?"
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Aging. Well, physically, anyway.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Being musically inclined. We have a piano in our house since my wife plays, but I can't do a thing with it.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Is this where I'm supposed to put "my kids"?
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. The inability to keep my mouth shut.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. My empathy, I think. Either that or my telepathy. Either way, it ends in a pathy.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. Our cat. She doesn't fucking do anything except sleep and whine until someone feeds her.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. The constantly annoyed look on my face for no reason.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Conan the Barbarian. Is that weird?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Ben from Lost. Cause you WANT to believe him...
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. George Washington, and if I actually met him I would say" Oh My God! Are you a zombie?"
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Trying to explain things to stupid people. Am I right? Who's with me?
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Directing, or telling jokes to drunk people as a comedian.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Dragon Whisperer
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Intelligence, compassion, and a large amount of patience, mostly for interacting with me.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Is this a trick question?
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, Clocks by Coldplay, Fade to Black by Metallica, Daydream Believer, The Monkees, Like a Stone, Audioslave
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Neil GaimanRay BradburyRobert E. HowardFrank Miller
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man and Martian Chronicles, and of course Fahrenheit 451Catch-22Robert E. Howard's short storiesStardustFrank Miller's Daredevil: Born Again and The Dark Knight ReturnsSorry, that's more than five.
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Who has time for re-reading?
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Both write AND read all the time.