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Everett Maroon Interview


 

  1. Why didn’t you become a policeman instead of a writer?

I wanted to be a doctor for most of my childhood, until I got nervous about trying to learn organic chemistry. And then writing seemed like a more achievable target! Policeman never really entered the picture for me, though I did toy around with being a priest for about two weeks.

  1. If you could only tell one story in your life, what would it be?

This is the hardest question to ask a writer. And I’ll try to be tricky and say that I would tell the story of everyone. Ha. I do feel drawn to long stories about family generations and old friends who spend a lifetime not really knowing each other. I get fascinated by people making bad decisions when they’re trying to do their best but failing. I replay stories in my head in which people communicate poorly with each other and then an unexpected consequence comes about because of it.

  1. Apples or pears?

Apples. On the tart side. Gotta be crispy. There’s nothing quite as awful as a mealy apple.

  1. Which of your own characters would you like to meet and why?

I’d love to meet Darling. She knows so much and she’s so kind about her knowledge.

  1. How would you like the world to end?

Um, by beginning another world? I don’t want it to end!

  1. Which genre do you wish you could write, and why?

I wish I could write mystery. I think as a genre it’s even more complicated than time travel stories, and mystery readers are so well read in the genre that they’ve seen almost everything happen in terms of plots, twists, characters, and back story. I’ve had an idea or two kicking around but I would have to put everything else aside to really focus in and try to write it. So I’ll leave that task to the professional mystery writers out there!

  1. You’re stuck on an island with only three things: A knife, a match and a stick. What would you do to survive?

Did you come up with this question because my last name is Maroon? Uh, I guess I would light the stick on fire for amusement and hope that someone would trade a ride off the island for the knife, and try to hold out for a boat or plane to come along while I still could live off of my copious body fat. Do I pass?

  1. Which of the following would you rather have stalking you through the night: A vampire, a werewolf, or Stephen King?

Hands down, a vampire. The werewolf would just rip me to pieces which isn’t any fun, and they never have any good stories to tell. Stephen King is a lovely fellow, of course, with lots of stories, many of which I’ve read, but maybe I could get a really interesting tale from a vampire. Or wind up becoming immortal. The odds are better with the vampire.

  1. Who is the best villain you’ve ever read, and why?

Maybe Dr. Moriarty, the nemesis for Sherlock Holmes in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories. He is really the grandfather of genre villains, in my opinion, laying down the blueprint for all of the plot devices and tropes related to antagonists that we see today, including trying to kill the protagonist/hero, being a criminal mastermind who leads a crime syndicate, having some fatal character flaw that pushed him to a life of crime, those kinds of things. Everyone from Vito Corleone in The Godfather by Mario Puzo to Lex Luther from the Superman comic to Palpatine in the Star Wars saga owe some of their legacy in Moriarty. But maybe my favorite footnote about Moriarty comes from Star Trek: The Next Generation when the sentient hologram of Dr. Moriarty demands to come to life, and he winds up being beamed into a tiny black box, thinking he’s exploring the galaxy with his life partner. It’s a strangely gentle defeat of a malevolent person, and I love it for that reason.

 

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