Author Revealed

About Eric Wight

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 11/15

Q. Previous occupations

A. animator, TV prop artist, amusement park caricaturist. window painter, video store clerk

Q. Favorite job

A. Getting to play make-believe for a living is a pretty sweet gig.

Q. High school and/or college

A. I went to Freedom High (can you tell my school was founded in the sixties?). After a brief stop at Carnegie Mellon, I found my way to the School of Visual Arts and received a degree in animation.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. They Might Be Giants

Q. Favorite movie

A. North by Northwest

Q. Favorite television show

A. Pushing Daisies

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Play, eat, play, eat, play, eat, play, sleep.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. If life was easy, I'd be out of a job.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Getting to wake up everyday and make a living doing what you love, surrounded by family and friends to enjoy it with.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. To not have the chance to share all of the stories I want to tell.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Castle hopping through the hills of Scotland.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Dr. Seuss because I like to rhyme...all the time...while fighting crime...and enjoying the taste of lime...

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My kids. Their optimism and imagination are a constant inspiration for me.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "What's funny is that..." which is usually followed by something that isn't funny at all.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not traveling more when I was a student.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I always wanted to learn how to play the ukulele. That way if I found myself at a really boring dinner party, I could whip it out and spice things up. Or El Kabong the host with it.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Co-creating my two favorite characters, Ethan and Abbie.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Being a perfectionist.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. See #13.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Seeing what it would be like to be a dragon would be pretty cool. Until the angry mob showed up.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My smile, which I tend to do a lot when I'm feeling awkward or don't know what to say.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Batman

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Voldemort

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. A poker game with Babe Ruth, Mark Twain, Harry Houdini, and Pablo Picasso would be pretty entertaining.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. When walking past someone and they would rather stare at the wall than say hi.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Being a father

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Boy wizard

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. integrity, thoughtfulness, being open-minded

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Chocolate chip cookies

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse in Your Soul, OKGO - Invincible, Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Follow You Into the Dark, The Aquabats - Fashion Zombies, Iron & Wine - Such Great Heights

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. J.R.R. Tolkein C.S. Lewis J.K. Rowling Lloyd Alexander Donald Westlake Elmore Leonard Edgar Rice Burroughs Ian Fleming Frank L. Baum Roald Dahl

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Anything from the list above The Princess Bride The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay The Stars My Destination The Graveyard Book A Separate Peace

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Every time I reread Harry Potter, I find a new layer of magic.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Embrace that you might get it wrong the first time, and don't let that stop you from putting it down on paper.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. That I look a lot younger than they were expecting.