How does he think them up?
Who's the greatest author's friend on the planet?
So many questions and I can't answer the first one, but author of the successful SF Cassa series is the answer to the second: yes today Alex J. Cavanaugh is hosting the Genre Favorites Blogfest.
Not difficult. All I need to do is list my favorite genre of Movie, Music and Books. And a guilty pleasure genre. So here goes (hold onto your hats):Not difficult did I say? That's like asking where my inspiration comes from...chorus time...I don't know! Carlos Fuentes could have been talking about me when he said: "Don't classify me, read me. I'm a writer, not a genre".
Let's start with movies, or films (ahem), because it's the easiest one. I like comedy. For example, I adored Peter Sellers in all "The Pink Panther" films . Here's a snippet from one if you want a laugh: "Does your dog bite?"
That was easy. Now onto the difficult part.
Music: I could go on forever in this because I choose music to suit my mood. Here're three:
- Mozart's Requiem Mass in D Minor
- Bruce Springsteen's Dancing in the Dark
- Damien Rice's The Blower's Daughter (mmmm...yum)
Now books. The most difficult of all. Here are just three again (but I could go on forever about the genres I like, truthfully):
- Gothic horror (Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast)
- Fantasy (The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern)
- Classic Literature (Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird)
All over the place, that's me.
One of my guilty pleasures is watching the cheesiest, cringe-making but hilarious Carry On films from the 1960s. These low-budget films had one of the funniest lines in a British comedy. It's Kenneth Williams as Julius Caesar in Carry On Cleo when he's in fear of his life:
"Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me!"