Myke Cole exploded onto the Urban Fantasy scene with the amazing Control Point last year. A superb blend of magic, military and mayhem, it is a gripping read that leaves you thinking about it long after finishing it. But what about the man himself? His bio is a dizzying read of occupations that quite honestly would leave me huddled under my desk and not only adds author to the impressive list but does it with flair! He’s also a roleplayer, loves fantasy books, comics and has a unique brand of humour that I like a lot. I know I am wittering again, so enough! On with the Irreverence!
What would you be or want to be (or still are), if you weren’t an author?
An officer in the finest maritime military service in the world – the United States Coast Guard.
Do you have any rituals or processes before you can start writing?
The same ritual that EVERY writer has, mad procrastination. I play iPad games. I go on social media. I think of last minute chores that need doing, or friends I haven’t spoken to in ages. By the time I actually get to work, half my allotted time is gone.
Describe your working environment right now (desk, sofa, bathroom, etc.) Include a picture if you like, unless it’s the bathroom!
Uh . . . er . . . ahem. Yes, well. It is rather spacious as bathrooms go.
How did you celebrate when your first book was published?
I went to every single bookstore in New York City and signed shelf stock with my long-suffering agent. It took all day from the early morning to blackest night. It was exhausting and painful and I’ve never been happier.
Whose opinion matters most to you?
Peter V. Brett’s.
Do you get fully dressed to write? (Nothing, PJ’s, etc?)
I do most of my writing on the go, so it varies depending on where I am and what I’m doing. I’ve written in my skivvies, in a business suit, in a military uniform, in a t-shirt and jeans.
What gets you in the mood or inspires you to write?
Other people’s success. Because. I’m not eating anyone’s dust.
Who would play you in the film adaptation of your life?
Hugh Jackman. Which, now that I think about it, is quite possibly the most egotistical thing I’ve ever said.
What is the weirdest comment you’ve had?
Hand over the celery, sir. That donkey is underage.
What is the best experience you’ve had with fans?
Every gaming table at every con everywhere, ever. There is nothing in this world quite like being hip-deep in fellow nerds, trading snark over Settlers of Catan.
What do you value most?
Crushing my enemies, seeing them fly before me, and hearing the lamentations of their women.
How do you deal with negative comments?
I listen to them, take them seriously and don’t take offense. The words “that offends me” is the cheapest, easiest way to avoid having to listen to someone else’s argument. I don’t roll like that.
It’s movie night, the credits are just about to roll, Happy Ever After, Everyone Dies, Or…?
As far as I’m concerned, every film should end with Captain America staring off into the middle distance, with the Stars and Stripes fluttering behind him. Especially When Harry Met Sally.
What do you do to relax?
I don’t. Ever. I’m not kidding. Ask anyone who knows me.
Do you have pets, and if so, describe them? (Include a picture if you like!)
I am holding out until they come up with a breed of dog that doesn’t poop.
What are your preferred conditions for writing, i.e. silence, background noise, TV?
The Rose Reading Room at the New York Public Library, well-caffeinated and fed, empty bladder, and movie soundtracks blasting in my ear-buds.
What is your favourite type of music?
I’m a big fan of the good kind. I hate the awful stuff.
Do you have any phobias?
Pretty much all of them, but each one is balanced by highly effective coping mechanisms. Whenever I come up against something I’m frightened of, I go charging into it. I must do it.
Do you have a party trick?
I can offend anyone in a room in record time.
Slippers, socks or barefoot?
Non-skid, steel-toe combat boots. Cushioned soles for jumping, side zippers. They better be up for some punishment.
Pictures provided by and used with permission of Myke Cole
Irreverent Questions is BookThing‘s fun, feature where we ask a series of random questions that popped into Grete’s curious head. If you are an author, agent or publicist and would like to take part, please get in touch!