Author Revealed

About John Hornor Jacobs

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 1/5

Q. Previous occupations

A. Construction worker, "fryboy" (worst job ever), dishwasher, waiter, cook, webdeveloper, creative director

Q. Favorite job

A. Creative director at a film production studio in Little Rock.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Little Rock Central High, Lyon College, Art Institute of Dallas

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Can't decide between The Beatles or The Rolling Stones

Q. Favorite movie

A. Can't decide between The Quiet Man and Raiders of the Lost Ark

Q. Favorite television show

A. Can't decide between Supernatural and The Walking Dead

Revealing Questions

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

A. Kids, love, cooking, walks, music, bills, work, gravity.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. De gustubus non est disputandem

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I always thought of heaven as a great library (with a massive kitchen) full of cute librarians.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Being devoured by bears.

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

A. San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Stephen King

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. In writing, words ending in -ly. In real life dialogue, it would be "man."

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Slacking off in college.

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

A. Violin

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My kids, named here as Rojo and The Grunch

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Unwanted timidity

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. A sense of responsibility for myself and others

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

A. A big ole gnarly elephant. I spray water on everyone and if they didn't like it, I'd trample their little asses because I'm an ELEPHANT! Bwhaaaaaaa!

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Loud voice

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Bilbo Baggins

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Dracula

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Halfassery.

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

A. Playing guitar

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Evil Overlord

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

A. Honesty, reliabilty, creativity

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

A. Pizza or salad. You can put anything on them!

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. These are mutable. Currently, "Hard Candy" - Chris Knight, "The Rose Hotel" - Robert Earl Keen, "Bicycle vs. Car" - Bob Schneider, "Cigarettes & Wine" - Jason Isbell

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. DEAD: William Faulkner, Harper Lee, J.R.R. Tolkien, Shakespeare, Norman Mailer, William Styron, Robert Heinlein, George Alec Effinger, Donald Westlake, Rex Stout, P.G. Wodehouse LIVING (2011): Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Susanna Clarke, Elmore Leonard, Robert McCammon, Colleen McCullough, Larry Niven, George R.R. Martin, Neal Stephenson, Vernor Vinge, Tim Powers, Michael Chabon

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

A. The Lord of the Rings - Tolkien The Man With the Getaway Face - Donald Westlake/Richard Stark Carry On, Jeeves - P.G. Wodehouse Some Buried Caesar - Rex Stout A Light in August - William Faulkner

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. All the Nero Wolfe novels

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

A. Write the book that YOU would like to read.

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

A. "I don't normally like stuff like this but..."