Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.
Larry Matthews was a broadcast journalist for 35 years. He was an anchor, reporter, investigative journalist, producer, editor and new director at major stations and networks. He has published 11 books, eight of them fiction.
Wolf: You’ve been rather busy, Larry. Now it’s my turn to be the reporter. If you could be any animal in the universe, what would it be and why?
Larry: In my younger days I probably would have said eagle or something like that. Now that I’m older maybe a Golden Retriever asleep by the fire.
Wolf: Nice. You can’t go wrong with a dog. What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?
Larry: When I lived in Japan, I saw a street vendor selling what I thought were raisin cakes. I ate one. They were not raisins. They were fish eyes.
Wolf: Can’t say I’ve ever tried that. If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?
Larry: Probably a knife. You can also use it to survive in the woods. A gun won’t help you eat.
Wolf: True, although a gun might help you catch something. You’d still need that knife. You’ve just been turned into a plant. Describe yourself.
Larry: A fern. They’re nice.
Wolf: And some are rather tasty. Do you consider yourself a cat person, or a dog person?
Larry: Dog. No contest,
Wolf: I like your thinking. While walking in the woods you come across…
Larry: Fallen deer antlers. I have some woods by my house and there are lots of deer but I have never found antlers.
Wolf: Oops. I must have gnawed them up before you got there. If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Larry: Read people and understand their motivation.
Wolf: That’s great power to have for a reporter. There is a door at the end of a dark, damp corridor. You hear rumbling. What do you do?
Larry: Wait to see what happens.
Wolf: Ah, and observer. What five items would you want to have in a post-cataclysmic world?
Larry: A gun, a knife, a good lighter, a poncho and a fishing hook.
Wolf: No doubt you’d find food. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Larry: Darlene from Healing Charles. She’s very human and overcomes bad times.
Wolf: Describe a meal you would be served while visiting another world.
Larry: A space taco.
Wolf: Clever. What is your favorite body of water and why? (river, ocean, waterfall, puddle, bottle…)
Larry: Pacific Ocean. It’s vast and romantic.
Wolf: Very specific. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Larry: I was in radio for many years and I still love putting programs together.
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