Okay, Andy Taylor, This is a little Q & A to get to know a little more about you and thicken up those stalker portfolios.
1 – Milk or dark chocolate?
-Can I say Sour Gummi Bears instead?
2 – What are your feelings in reference to LEGO’s?
-The most awesome thing invented since air. You’re talking to the guy who cannibalized a bunch of other LEGO’s so he could make his very own Zombie Survival Center complete with reinforced walls, a small power plant, water reclamation center, and tiny farm. I’m of the type that believes you’re only as old as you feel.
3 – I know a lot of people as what the favorites are in regard to horror movies, but my question to
you...what is your favorite comedy and why?
-That’s like asking me what my favorite bar is…oh wait, that’s The Venice Café in downtown Saint Louis. Still, it’s hard to say a favorite comedy. I know I’m going to get groans for this but it’s a tie between Tommy Boy and Idiocracy. Tommy Boy because Chris Farley was always my favorite comedian (one of only three famous people I shed a tear for on their passing, the other two being Johnny Cash and Charles Schulz), and he is at his best in Tommy Boy. Idiocracy because, well, because it’s Idocracy, Mike Judge’s best work next to Beavis and Butthead.
4 – What is the story/novel you are most proud of?
-The novel I am currently working on would have to be the one I’m most proud of and the happiest with (usually a bad sign). It’s the comedic tale of a zombie fanatic who accidentally ends up with his very own horde of the undead, my childhood dream.
5 – What is the most interesting thing you have learned?
-Monkeys can’t really fly.
6 – Do you do a lot of research for your writing?
-Most defiantly but never through Wikipedia. I actually enjoy doing research, learning new facts is always fun, plus it helps you kick ass in Trivial Pursuit. Even if I’m making something up I’ll still do research for anything involved. Take my story There Are Needs and There Are Needs, the town of Pecanon, WY is a fictional place but since the setting was during the California Gold Rush I looked up the most common route used during the time and found a spot in Wyoming that was the halfway point. There were no town there but it seemed to me that if someone had built one, they could have made a lot of money resupplying travelers, thus Pecanon was born.
7 – Tell me about the collection you have with Dark Continents?
-My collection, The Drunk and the Dead, combines two of life’s greatest joys, booze and zombies, then adds some of our favorite classic monsters for a laugh. Drunken Monsters has a man attending an AA meeting full of the creatures many of us grew up with, There Are Needs and There Are Needs finds a lonely drunk in the old west combatting the dead, and When A Zombie’s Heart Breaks is a first person account of what it’s like to be a zombie, if said zombie was a cynical asshole. I have to say that out of everything I’ve ever written, I had the most fun writing Drunken Monsters. The argument between Count Dracula and The Phantom of the Opera had me laughing the whole time I was writing it.
8 – How do you like to tell a story? Character driven, location of importance, or something else entirely?
-I like to tell a story with great characters and good dialogue. One of the things I hate the most when reading a story is a character I can’t connect with at all or don’t care about so I try to craft characters that a reader will feel for.
9 – What kind of music do you listen to when writing?
-Depends on what I’m writing, though for the most part it’s Rockabilly or The Blues with a healthy dash of the King of Cool, Frank Sinatra. If I’m writing something angry I’ll put on some Death Metal, maybe Cannibal Corpse or Morbid Angel. If I’m writing something happier I’ll put on Ska or Rockabilly, usually Mad Caddies, The Chop Tops, or Cherry Poppin Daddies. If it’s something sad than The Blues comes out, either that or Bob Marley, Reggie depresses me for some reason.
10 – What is the most difficult thing you find about being a writer?
-Slowing down, I always want to keep going. Even sleeping is an issue because I feel like there is something I can be doing and late at night is a great time to get some writing done, at least for a night owl like myself.
11 – Something about you that no one would believe.
-I’m a major Star Wars fan but I despise George Lucas; if I ever got the chance to meet him, despite the consequences, I would punch him in the face. Also, I can stick to walls, shoot webbing, and lift a car…wait, that might be someone else.
12 – Okay, now promote yourself here, what else have you done that you would like people to know about?
-I’m a reviewer over at littlebunnycthulhu.com as The_Undead_Review, my zombie alter ego. One of my favorite things about reviewing for the site is the wide definition they have of horror such as including the film Arlington Road or the book How We Die (a book that includes anyway a person can die). I’m also the head of a Saint Louis based paranormal research team and have been lucky enough to spend time at some of the most haunted spots in the county.