About the Book:
A collection of short stories isn’t really a book. It’s more like dozens of ideas that could have been books if they were thought of by someone with a better attention span. To put it another way; if you took an infinite number of Shakespeare’s and put them in front of an infinite number of typewriters with an infinite amount of time they still wouldn’t come up with the complete works of Lance Manion. To put it yet another way; you throw down manure to feed crops. Just imagine this book as manure (not too great a stretch) and your imagination is the crops. If you don’t understand this metaphor then this book probably isn’t for you.
1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
Recently I had a good friend tell me that I had a certain charm about me. That I looked like a movie star. I was fascinated as to what would posses someone to lie like that. Which is why I started writing.
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
Yes. But it never works out that I can write then or there, which makes telling you anything further rather pointless.
3: Where do your ideas come from?
I’ve become a big believer in the idea that the brain is nothing more than a conference table where different parts sit down to hash out decisions. The areas that represent social conventions and evolutionary imperatives usually win out but I think a lot of the good ideas come from the arguments made by the fringe motivations.
4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
If I know where a story is going then I usually stop. If I can see it coming then it’s probably boring. Just look at the Bible.
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
Originally they were firmly in the humor category but now not so much. Is there a ‘rambling’ category? I wasn’t so much drawn to it as excluded from other genres that take self-discipline and intellect.
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
Given my last book had upwards of eighty short stories I’d say a cast of thousands.
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I read a ton. Douglas Adams and P.G. Wodehouse are my favorites.
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, Figuring by Maria Popova, Why Buddhism Is True by Robert Wright and Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky.
9: What is your favourite book and why?
Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
Just write. Don’t listen to other people. Don’t take classes at a junior college. Just write. Nobody will probably read it but if that’s why you’re doing it you’re screwed anyway. Writing is much cheaper than therapy and you’ll learn a lot more about yourself.
11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?