Hello readers, bloggers, authors, and generally awesome people (who happen to love books!) and welcome to This Or That! This Or That is a feature posted every week and it works like this: each person is asked a series of This Or That/Would You Rather-type questions, some serious and some funny, and by doing so we get to learn just a bit more about our favorite bookish people! This feature is currently scheduled through April 2013 but if you would still be interested in signing up, please check out this post and fill out the form!
I am so excited about having the very first author on my This Or That feature! Eugene (the E part of E.C.) is the hilarious, awesome author of the Coin series! I have yet to read the series (don’t worry, it’s sitting on my TO READ ASAP bookshelf!) but you better belive I am even more excited to read them after seeing some of his answers to my questions. Without further ado, let’s meet the one and only E.C. Myers!
About the author: E.C. Myers was assembled in the U.S. from Korean and German parts and raised by a single mother and a public library in Yonkers, New York. He has published short fiction in a variety of print and online magazines and anthologies, and his young adult novels, Fair Coin and Quantum Coin, are available now from Pyr Books. He currently lives with his wife and a doofy cat in Philadelphia and shares way too much information about his personal life at ecmyers.net and on Twitter @ecmyers.
Do you prefer reading paperback or hardcover books?
It doesn’t matter, but if I love a book, I want to own it in hardcover.
What type of books do you tend to enjoy more: laugh-out-loud-writing or make-you-ponder-life’s biggest-mysteries-writing?
More the latter, but my favorite books manage to include both.
Favorite genre: fantasy or sci-fi (because yes there IS a difference, lol)?
Science fiction, but the stories I tend to like are closer to fantasy than hard SF. Time travel and warp speed are basically magic!
Would you rather be stranded alone on an island with endless amounts of books or be surrounded by people but you only have one book to last you for forever?
So none of those other people would be writers, then? I think I’ll take the endless amount of books, as long as my glasses don’t break.
Cover talk: Do you like people on the covers or a design?
I care most about characters in a story, so I prefer seeing them on covers, preferably doing something interesting and not just standing around in anatomically-improbable poses.
You MUST pick one: reading or writing?
Reading, which is less trouble and more enjoyable.
If given the option, would you want your books turned into movies or turned into TV shows?
Which pays more? Just kidding… I’d prefer movies because I don’t think either book would benefit from being stretched out for a season or more of television. Plus TV shows typically require multiple writers and directors, and the longer they’re on the air, the more likely they are to jump the shark or vary wildly in quality from week to week. Actually, I think a four-episode miniseries would be perfect.
Which do you enjoy doing more, author interviews or character interviews?
I haven’t done any character interviews yet, but I did write a fake blurb from one of my characters, Nathan, who said, “You’ll flip for Fair Coin!” (cue groans) I assume author interviews are easier to do than character interviews.
Do you outline your books like a crazy person or do you just start writing down whatever pops into your head?
I generally start writing down whatever pops into my head…like a crazy person.
Would you want to be turned into a vampire or werewolf?
It’s Halloween time: will you be dressing up as something freaky or something funny?
I don’t have a costume this year, but my regular clothes could be described as freaky or funny, depending on whom you ask.
You’re forced to be your main character for a week, do you choose to live through book one, Fair Coin, or live through book two, Quantum Coin?
Oh my God, book one. My approach in Quantum Coin was to make Ephraim’s life as difficult as possible, from start to finish. Sorry, dude.
Dessert time: cookies or cupcakes?
Cookies! Especially peanut butter cookies.
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
I’m a dog person who has a cat, but will hopefully have a dog soon too.
Do you listen to one specific type of music or mixed genres?
Mixed genres—anything and everything. I like keeping Pandora on its toes. Just when it thinks it has my tastes figured out, I add something new to my station.
Getting crazy: Would you rather type out your entire book using only your pointer fingers or only using your toes?
My pointer fingers. It wouldn’t be too different from how I really type. I’m fast, but it’s just not normal.
Out of the following sucky situations, which would you rather do: A year re-doing high school or a year without books?
Ugh. I would fail high school if I had to do it over again, so I choose a year without books. I mean, that was kind of my freshman year of college, so I know I can do it. And I have a lot of TV and movies I can catch up on instead.
Are you a Coke person or a Pepsi person?
Pepsi, especially Pepsi Throwback.
If you had one day to be a super hero or a super villain, which one would you pick?
What makes you think I’m not a superhero already? I would have to be the good guy, or I would be the worst super villain ever.
To flip the coin or to not flip the coin?
Flip it! What could possibly go wrong?
So what did you guys think? I told you that after reading some of his answers you would be dying to read his books especially the part about book 2 being particularly…difficult for the main character! Also, don’t worry Eugene, some people think my daily clothes are freaky/funny too! A HUGE thanks for E.C. Myers for agreeing to being my very first author to participate in This Or That, I hope you had as much fun as I did!
Author Goodreads Page
Fair Coin Goodreads Page
Quantum Coin Goodreads Page