Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Conversation 12: Michael G. Munz

Greetings, everyone! Welcome back, so happy to have you with me today, as I have a great chat with author Michael G. Munz! 

First, a little bit about Mr. Munz...


An award-winning writer of speculative fiction, Michael G. Munz is also fascinated with Greek mythology. Michael also possesses what most "normal" people would likely deem far too much familiarity with a wide range of geek culture, though he prefers the term geek-bard: a jack of all geek-trades, but master of none. Or mostly none. There are exceptions. He dwells in Seattle where he continues his quest to write the most entertaining novel known to humankind and find a really fantastic clam linguini.

Michael's latest book, the epic comedic fantasy Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure, was published from Booktrope last July to excellent reviews.


Q1: Have you ever tried or would you ever want to try skydiving?

MGM: I grew up near Snohomish, Washington, which has both a small airport and a lot of farmland, leading it to be one of the more well-known skydiving venues in the area. I've often considered it, but I've yet to take the leap. I've often thought that, given the choice between skydiving and bungee-jumping, I'd choose skydiving in a heartbeat. It feels like skydiving would involve the ground being a more distant issue, so the terror-to-enjoyment ratio would be far more favorable.

Q2: You're at a party and no one is talking. Do you A) Make a remark about the weather to try to get people talking, B) Run for the refreshment table and hope people are talking there C) Send an emergency text to a friend/significant other in the room to come rescue you D) Slip out early and hope no one will notice? Why?
MGM: I'm the introverted type (INFJ, if the Myers-Briggs test I took a decade ago is still accurate), so I tend to shift into listening mode at a party. I'll admit that I have taken option D before - though in my defense it was a party at which I literally knew NO one, so I wasn't abandoning anybody. Otherwise I'd go with B. To paraphrase Kaylee from Firefly, "How will we KNOW it's the refreshment table...unless we question it?"

Q3: If you could never write another story or read another book, would you have another creative outlet? Art? Music?
...Okay, sorry. This is just a hypothetical, isn't it? Calm down, Michael. Breathe. Breathe... (Never write another story? What a cruel thing to say to a writer!) ;) I'm sure I'd have to create in some other fashion. I used to play trumpet in my teenage years, but my embouchure is shot and I've never felt the need to get it back. So art is my likely go-to. I do enjoy futzing around in Photoshop, and I've wondered how I might do if I had some actual artistic training. It would take a lot of practice, though. At the moment I can't even draw a blank. Still, both of my parents paint, so I think I've got the genes in there somewhere. Speaking of painting, can I give a plug to my dad's art site? (http://www.zhibit.org/michaelmunzfineart) We've got different middle names...

Q4: You have no choice but to spend an evening at one of the following events: A) The opera B) The Ballet C) An Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical. Which one, and why?
MGM: I'd go with C. I've seen opera (one, in college), ballet (The Nutcracker a couple of times as a child), but never anything by Andrew Lloyd Webber. I'm not a big musical fan, but I would like to see The Phantom of the Opera or Les Mis, if given the opportunity.

Q5: *bonus question for everyone* Do you collect anything? If so, why?
MGM: I used to collect the souls of lost children, but then a FOX Entertainment executive bought me out, so now I mostly just collect ideas.
Oh, and Infinity Stones. But I don't have any of those. Yet.
That was really fun! Thank you Michael for stopping by to talk with me.
You can learn more about Michael and his writing by visiting his website: http://michaelgmunz.com

See you all on Thursday, when my guest will be the one and only, multi-talented Publisher/Author/Editor Craig Hart!