Saturday, 31 May 2008

Five Quick Questions with Will Lavender

Will Lavender's debut novel, OBEDIENCE, is a psychological thriller that has reached the New York Times Bestseller List. OBEDIENCE has been praised from the likes of David Baldacci, Lisa Unger and Karin Slaughter (just to mention a few).

Will has kindly agreed to answer five quick questions.

What's one thing we may not know about Will Lavender?

The one thing people may not know about me is that I am a rabid college basketball fan. Here in Kentucky I follow the University of Kentucky Wildcats in an insane, demented, almost shameful manner. I follow them on road trips sometimes, for goodness sakes. I visit the message boards. It's really pathetic -- but I wouldn't stop it even if I could.

What television show would you like to make a guest appearance on?

JJ Abrams' Lost, clearly. I could play Gary Troup, come back from the dead.

What's your greatest sporting moment?

My greatest sporting moment is when I played high school baseball and did something-or-other. It must have been grand, though I can't quite remember the details. In the recurring dream I simply celebrate like a blurry madman and point at the scoreboard.

What's your ideal holiday destination?

Somewhere in the American northeast in a log cabin. In the driving snow. With the threat of bears outside. With a set of spine-ravaged, 1970s thriller novels left by other travelers on the plank bookshelves. And with blizzard warnings coming over the shortwave -- my only companion. In this fantasy I am always wearing animal furs and growing a beard that is taking on a life of its own. Ken Follett's The Eye of the Needle is on the table beside the bed.

How many comments to this blog post would I need to have you read and comment on my first thriller, The Interrogator?

0. Love to do it. But I have to warn you that any comments I made would likely be meaningless to the bottom line. My novel has sold in quite a few countries, but Australia isn't one of them. Maybe if beside my blurb Random House put something like --Will Lavender, Aspiring Wiggle.

Please check Will's website for all of the details of his writing. Thanks Will.



Polenth said...

I'm not sure what an Aspiring Wiggle is, but I'm sure it's something silly.

I like the holiday destination. An isolated cabin in the snow sounds fun, except I wouldn't want the beard. Not only are sentient beards a bit scary, but I don't think they suit women as much.

Miss Lissy said...

Good post. I enjoyed it - he seems like quite a personality and I thought you asked good questions.

WendyCinNYC said...

Thanks for the interesting post. And I'll be reading Will's book on the beach this summer.

Heather said...

Hi, JJ! Thanks for the chance to broaden my horizons, and that was a fun interview!

JJ Cooper said...

Will has been a fatastic sport agreeing to help me out here. Glad you all enjoyed the post.


colbymarshall said...

Enjoyed the post. I'll try not to hold it against him that he's a Wildc at fan (I'm a UGA grad...) :-)

Sara Spock said...

Great interview! I've always been good at entertaining children... Maybe Will and I can team up to conquer Australia as the Quiggles: A Writer's Alternative to the Mind Numbing Wiggles. We could come up with snappy tunes about our pencils and dance around with gigantic notebooks. ;-)

JJ Cooper said...

I think you could be on to something there, Sara. Our Wiggles are starting to look a bit...'aged'. Do you or Will have a particular colour skivvy of choice?


plaidearthworm said...

Destination-wise, I agreed with him about the cabin, right up to the animal fur bit. ;)

Elrena said...

Cool interview!