About Alton Gansky
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Favorite job
A. I'm a professional used to be. I spent a couple of years as a firefighter and that was one of my favorite jobs.
Q. High school and/or college
A. Madison High School in San Diego; several colleges but I took my undergraduate degree from Southern California Bible College and my M.A. from California Graduate School of Theology.
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Composer: Beethoven; musical artist: Beatles.
Q. Favorite movie
A. An oldie: Forbidden Planet (1956). I saw it for the first time ten years after it debuted. (I was only 3 when it came out.)
Q. Favorite television show
A. Right now? Eureka
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. A man searching for a life changing story.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Stories that make you think.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. To have the love of my family; to be involved in a creative work; to know my purpose.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. San Diego, California, my hometown.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. In some ways, Teddy Roosevelt: sickly kid, turns writer, becomes president.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. My wife. She is courage personified.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. I over use the word "look;" and the phrase, "he turned."
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Starting my writing career so late. I wish I had begun in my twenties.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. The ability to play a musical instrument well.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. My kids--all adults now.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Finances. I've never been able to care about money.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I like to think it's my humor.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. A younger, smarter me.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. That's for others to say, however, many have mentioned my voice. I have a big mouth and a radio voice.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Perry Sachs. He starred in three of my novels.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Jesus, and I'd say, "Thank you for everything. I don't deserve it."
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. The phrase "exactly the same." If it is exact, then it is the same; if it is the same, then it is exact, otherwise it would only be similar.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Reading magazines and books; working in my wood shop when I have time.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. I spent 10 years in architecture and often I find that I miss the work.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Spirituality, honesty, humor.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Believe it or not, the Eagles "Hotel California"; "It is Well with My Soul," and any choral arrangements by Beethoven.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Dean Koontz (he's a master craftsman--he doesn't know it, but he's my mentor); Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Michael Crichton.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clark; Taken by Dean Koontz; Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton; Outliers (nonfiction) by Malcolm Gladwell; The Voice by Bill Myers
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Use as few words as possible. Cut the clutter.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. The highest praise is complaints about losing sleep.