Stuart Gibbs on 'Evil Spy School'
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. I've been telling myself "Life is Good" every day since long before there was a clothing company with that name
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I'd like to meet Charles Darwin and have him tell me, in detail, about all his adventures sailing around the world and how the concept of evolution came to him.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. "Just" There's a great website called wordcloud. You enter text into it and it creates a picture of all your most used words, with the words you used most being the biggest. I pasted all of the first draft of 'Belly Up' into it and discovered I'd used the word "Just" more than my own protagonist's name. So I went back through the book and cut out hundreds of "justs."
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. The Beatles' "Revolution"; David Byrne's cover of "Don't Fence Me In"; Bobby Darin's "Beyond the Sea"; Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture -- and any cover by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, though if I have to pick one, it's "Rainbow Connection"