About Jeremy Courtney
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Fast-order cook; data entry guy; web & graphic designer. Most recently, I was a door-to-door shoe salesman.
Q. Favorite job
A. My work saving the lives of children in Iraq with the Preemptive Love Coalition.
Q. High school and/or college
A. Leander High School; Howard Payne University
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Sir Edward Elgar; Miles Davis Quintent (1955-58)
Q. Favorite movie
A. Hotel Rwanda
Q. Favorite television show
A. Lost; West Wing; Gilmore Girls
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. A wild ride of dangerous, risky love.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Curse your caution at least once a day.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Staying alive with no great purpose.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. With my family, serving alongside people in need.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. My wife
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
Q. What do you regret most?
A. I've helped save hundreds of lives, but I could have helped save hundreds more if they only knew they were dying.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Would that I could play mandolin like Chris Thile!
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Let's see how I do with raising my kids and honoring my wife over the next few decades and I'll let you know.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
Q. What’s your best quality?
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. Everyone else is already taken. I spend my effort trying to become the best version of *me*, not an imitation of someone else.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. My glabrous pate.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Richard Parker (the Tiger) in Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. People who bite their finger nails... and, much more so, the fact that I am one of them.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Storytelling, speaking, lecturing, panel discussions, singing...
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. What I am blessed to do in reality is far more rewarding than fantasy!
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Loyalty, trustworthiness and forgiveness.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. The coconut cream pie at Monument Cafe in Georgetown, TX
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. "Pt. IV - Psalm" by John Coltrane; "Enigma Variations" by Sir Edward Elgar; "My Enemies Are Men Like Me" by Derek Webb; "Make Straight" by Charlie Hall; "The Mariner's Revenge Song" by The Decemberists
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Flannery O'Connor, Fyodor Dostoevsky, C.S. Lewis, George Orwell
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. "Brothers Karamazov" - Dostoevsky
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Chronicles of Narnia
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. The reward is in the risk.