With all these rumours around Brisance of naga sightings in Orismar, I think it was only fair that Inquisitor Makhell hauled in the author of Wrath of the Medusa. I don’t want to go into the details of what Makhell did to this guy, but suffice to say, he got answers to his twenty questions. You wanna read those answers? Course you do. So, carry on past the cool covers below and read what the Samorlians got out of T.O. Munro:
1. If I gave you an elk, where would you hide it?
“In plain view. Everybody would be too polite to comment.”
2. Why would you be hiding it? Weird.
“Because someone told me to (and I always do what I’m told).”
3. Tell us something about your work in progress?
“It’s going slowly. I keep on getting distracted – oh look a series of interview questions.”
4. If you were a tree, what tree would you be and why?
“Don’t know the type of tree but I’d be a Tall Tree in Georgia, because that’s one of my favourite Eva Cassidy songs.”
5. Were you an avid reader as a kid?
” Yes. I’m with GRRMartin on this one “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, a non-reader lives but one.””
6. Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
“Gatherer, I avoid all roles that were once used as names in Gladiators. (Hence also not Wolf, Jet, Raider etc)”
7. You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?
“Octarine – the colour of magic, of course (thank you Terry Pratchett)”
8. What was the last gift you gave someone?
“A copy of my latest book “The Medusa’s Daughter” (did I mention I write books) – which I sent to Mark Lawrence – with a cunning chameleon doodle inside it.”
9. What were you like in high school – nerdy, sporty, etc…?
10. What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
“Taboo – because it was set in a period of history I’ve always found interesting (The 1812-14 War between Great Britain and the USA). Other people only watch it for Tom Hardy’s abs apparently – I just love the gorgeous historical detail and atmosphere so authentic you can almost smell the streets of London.”
11. What do you want to be when you grow up?
“When I was younger many things at different times, a bus-driver a hermit, an engineer, a member of the International Rescue (from Thunderbirds) but with no strings attached. But since the question presumes I haven’t grown up yet I’d like to be me.”
12. Describe the colour green to somebody who is blind.
“Electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength of around 510 nm.
The colour that is left when the plants have sucked all they can from sunlight.
The sound of middle C, the smell of mown grass, the touch of an apple, the taste of spring.”
13. Who would win a fight between Frodo and Sam?
“Depends when it was fought, if it was before the ring got destroyed my money is on Frodo because he’s seriously badass with the ring/precious addiction. If it was after the ring was destroyed – well, it wouldn’t happen would it.”
14. A white rabbit hops through the door right now wearing a helmet. What does he say and why is he here?
““Are you taking the pith?”
He works for amazon delivering pith helmets. Jeff Bezos just can’t get the staff anymore.”
15. What’s your favourite game, be it video, board or tabletop?
“At the moment, tabletop cricket – which is actually an online game. The games last no more than a few minutes, it recaptures an old actual tabletop game with plastic pieces that I had in my youth, which was based on an even older game with metal pieces that my dad had in his youth.
Also more importantly, it’s a game I usually win at.
16. The last book you read was…?
“Dyrk Ashton’s “Paternus” a really interesting premise drawing together threads of so many world mythologies into a coherent whole. I’m just trying to find the time to write a full review now.”
17. Supercar, Superbike or Superboat, and why?
“Superboat, like a really really nice yacht, the kind a James Bond villain would have.”
18. Where is your preferred writing space?
“My study at the end of the garage with views over Belfast. I’d get so much done there if I only had the strength of will to turn the internet connection off.”
19. When’s your next book out?
“Hopefully sometime this year. I’ve released books in 2013 (2), 2014 (1), 2016 (1) so I’d like to keep the average at 1 a year. But at the current rate of progress “The Medusa’s Legacy” the conclusion to the two part “Mask of the Medusa” series that began with “The Medusa’s Daughter” will be out around Christmas.”
20. Do you have a question for me?
“Is this a question?”
JP: “Yes, although I realise now it’s a closed question and you could have simply answered ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Doh!”
And that, peasants, was the interrogation of T.O. Munro, who, in all honesty, is a lovely bloke indeed. I’ve been lucky enough to meet him a couple of times and hope to again this year. For now, go follow him on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads), check out his blog and buy his bloody books!
You can go buy mine whilst you’re at it, if you really want. In fact, I’d be happy with you buying them whether you want to or not, but that’s called hacking, I’m told, and is illegal, alas.