Carrie Bailey is the author of the satirical novella The 3 Indispensable Rules to Taking Charge: A Reptilian Guide to Personal Finance and World Domination. We recently had a chance to ask her a few questions about her writing, her literary influences, and embracing our lizard overlords. Here’s what she had to say.
Who are your top 5 favorite authors or influences, and why?
- Ellis Peters – Wrote the Brother Cadfael series. She created a believable intellectual living in the dark ages.
- Terry Pratchet – Discworld series. His characters are never fully good and never completely bad.
- Walter M. Miller – A Canticle for Lebowitz. The central theme is how we venerate the ancient world regardless of how mundane it might really be.
- Sid Fleishman – The Whipping Boy. My favorite book as a kid.
- Grant Naylor – Red Dwarf. Also a TV series, but the books are good, too.
What type of writing fuel do you prefer, and what – if anything – do you feel this contributes to your creative process?
I know this will come as a surprise, but I’m actually an avid coffee drinker.
What inspired you to write your latest book?
I’ve been working on a post apocalyptic novel, The Ishim Underground, for a few years. It’s the story I wanted to read and although it has often taken the backseat to other projects, I’m only a few chapters away from FINALLY finishing the revisions.
Pirates or ninjas, and why?
Pirates. A deeply misunderstood seafaring group. Did you know they wore eye patches to develop their night vision?
Give us one piece of sage advice on writing, relationships, or life in general.
It’s your story. Time is short. Don’t wait for anyone or anything.
If you were a cocktail, what would you be called, and what’s the recipe?
Coffee For Life. It wouldn’t be so much of a cocktail as a bag of coffee in an IV. Everybody wants one.
If you were to pen the screenplay for the next summer blockbuster, what would it be about – and who would you want to see in the starring role?
I’m from Portland. I just can’t make myself want to be associated with a blockbuster, but if forced at gunpoint I’d write about Joan of Arc. And it would be played by Emma Watson.
If you were to write an open letter to a famous author (living or dead), who would it be, and what would it say?
Dear whoever wrote the Epic of Gilgamesh:
What is your name? Where are you from?
What influenced you to write the Epic of Gilgamesh?
Would you sign this copy I’ve enclosed in my letter?
Where can we find you on a typical Friday night, and what kind of trouble are you getting into there?
Dangerous question! Since I’ve been in Vermont, I tend to go to the nearest pub and play pool with the locals if the snow isn’t higher than my boots. And I don’t always lose either.
What are you currently working on, and why does it kick ass?
The Ishim Underground. In 500 years, the world is literally turned on its side and most modern technology lost. Genetically modified megafauna roam the islands (New Zealand) where Eron lives. While he’s just been assigned to dig latrines in the farthest village, things in his city-state have changed. The guard is raiding the nomadic communities for slaves. It’s awesome, because it’s full of Plains Indian and Mesopotamian mythology, but it happens in the future. A future that resembles the past.
Do you have any talismans, charms, superstitions or music that inspires or helps you to write, and what’s the story behind them?
No, I just write. I never even thought about it. Although, I do sometimes use Pandora to play renaissance compositions for the lute.
What’s your exercise or sport of choice when getting out from behind the desk?
I can walk for hours. But, when I get serious about putting on some muscle, I do a lot of squats and wave my dumbbells around in my room about five feet away from my computer.