In between books, Adam Glendon Sidwell uses the power of computers to make monsters, robots and zombies come to life for blockbuster movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, King Kong, Transformers and Tron. After spending countless hours in front of a keyboard meticulously adjusting tentacles, calibrating hydraulics, and brushing monkey fur, he is delighted at the prospect of modifying his creations with the flick of a few deftly placed adjectives. He’s been eating food since age 7, so feels very qualified to write this book. He once showed a famous movie star where the bathroom was. Adam currently lives in Los Angeles, where he can’t wait to fall into the sea.
You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
I would buy a house on a lake and then buy up every last eBook in the world — so many that Amazon would run out of electrons and couldn’t make any more. Then people would say the ebook is dead! And we’d all have to read tBooks*, which stands for telepathy book, and means you get the story beamed straight from the author’s brain into yours.
What’s your favorite season/weather?
Summer, because it is magical and it means that school is out. For an author that tours schools like me, that means more hiking, surfing, starry nights, spearfishing on Catalina and writing more books. It means that the creative time has begun.
If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Ares, since he can fly and shoot dragons out of his eyes and is more invincible than even Zeus himself. Or did I just make that up?
How long do you generally let a story idea ‘marinate’ in your brain before you start the book?
Sometimes years. The best ones have been in there for awhile, stewing and flavoring themselves until they come out. Evertaster was 6 months. Others start out as short stories then build to books over 3 years. I like those. They are like old friends from your past.
If you could take over the world, would you?
Of course. I think I’d be pretty good at it. Please vote for me.
What do you think of book trailers?
They’re a very good idea. I say that because I’m a movie guy. Sometimes I make movies for a living. So when it comes to book trailers I think, “what better way to get someone excited to read?” They work for reluctant readers. And I love to see kids’ eyes light up when they see them and say “When can I watch this movie?” AH! You can’t! You have to read!
Do you have any weird or interesting rituals you do to get into writing mode or while you’re writing?
At times I resort to wearing a luchador mask. It gives me great power to see with the eyes of an eagle and hear with the ears of an elephant. And when I am done wearing my mask, the visions of the ages appear on my page.
Favorite place you’ve been and/or would like to go.
Caye Caulker in Belize. It’s a tiny island no bigger than your neighborhood block 45 minutes by boat from the mainland. It’s nearly deserted in the off season, and there are alligators supposedly lurking in the waters by the dump there.
What book do you love that doesn’t get a lot of hype?
Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson, and The Man Who Was Thursday by GK Chesterton. Quick! Check them out of the library before other people reading this interview get there first!
What is your favorite scene in the book? Which scene or characters were the most difficult for you to write and why?
My favorite scene in Evertaster (for today that is) has to be when Mom is fed a gravy that puts her to sleep, and Guster has to take on the responsibility of caring for his little brother on his own. Suddenly, everything that’s been pent up inside him about his own selfishness comes out. There are some conflicting emotions between him and his siblings, and it all boils over right then. It was hard to write because I didn’t know I needed to put the characters in such peril for sometime. When I was prompted to do so by a writer friend, it made sense and it worked.
My favorite scene in The Buttersmiths’ Gold is when Torbjorn and Storfjell celebrate their clan’s victory with butter sculptures and a few old Viking favorites like “Thor’s Hammer Lost its Nails.” The scene is jolly and funny, but then gets very serious when Father tells them that the battle is not over. He suddenly brings weight back to the story, and they are faced with the fact that their clan could be destroyed. I think the following battle scenes and escape scenes were most difficult to write, since it had to be a blend of battles and the fun light-hearted Evertaster universe.
One food you would never eat?
Hot Lava fresh from the volcano.
Whenever anyone asks me about writing, my thoughts can’t help but wander directly to my muse, the Mexican wrestling mask that once hung over my bed. If you’ve never seen a luchadore mask, they look like this:
Mine are even more handsome than the masks pictured here. One looks subtly like a panda, the other subtly like the Incredible Hulk. Each serves its own purpose — to remove this author’s inhibitions. When I don the mask of the luchadore, it gives me great strength. “Why?” you ask. Because the luchadore is larger than life. He does not belong to our mortal realm, and if an author is to write great fiction, he must step outside this mundane existence to a higher plane.
Have you ever seen a luchador in the grocery store? Neither have I. See? The luchador does not need such prosaic things as groceries. He is meta-man. He is hyper-human. And you have to pretend to be that if you’re going to make up a whole world.
Which is why I wanted to buy the really shaggy brown one with red trim around its eyes and lips [not pictured]. It looked like bigfoot or a fuzzy wookie with some 70’s pizazz. Only it cost $37.99 in America! Darn those drug lords in Tijuana! If it weren’t for them, I’d drive south of the border right now and buy myself one for only $8.
So as far as how good the next Evertaster book will be, I can’t make any promises. I’m writing it bareheaded right now. But if you promise to tell all your friends about Evertaster and The Buttersmiths’ Gold, I might be able to afford the shaggy luchadore mask and come up with a really solid 3rd chapter for Evertaster: The Delicious City.
In the meantime, I can always pretend that I am a werewolf. See P.P.S. below:
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