The Proust-ish Questionnaire
Q. If not yourself, which fictional character would you be?
- John Puller, from Baldacci’s Zero Day, without a doubt. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be able to fistfight ten men and come out on top every single time?
Q. Who are your favorite heroine and hero from fiction?
- My favourite hero would have to be Severus Snape (warning, cliched Harry Potter reference inbound) because of the way in which he is initially shown to be a villain, but then is spun around to warm our hearts. And my favourite heroine would have to be Dianne Gallagher’s detective, Maggie Quinn, because she is just badass.
Q. If you could have dinner with any three authors, dead or alive, whom would you dine with?
- Wow, only three? I’d have to go with Shakespeare, Stephen King and P.J Tracy (P.J Tracy is a pseudonym for a mother and daughter duo, so that’s technically four authors. HA, I just beat the system!) I feel that would sprout some seriously interesting conversation.
Q. Do you have a current or “forever” favorite book?
- My current favourite book is ‘Want To Play?’ by P.J Tracy. I love crime fiction, and this mother-daughter duo have mastered their genre.
Q. Which fictional character would you want to befriend?
- Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole, that guy cracks me up with his dry humour and wittiness wherever his craft is concerned. I think we’d get along just fine.
Q. What villain from fiction do you love to hate?
- Brady Hartsfield from Stephen King’s trilogy. For a character with very few lines for the majority of his inclusion, he is immensely powerful and devilishly funny.
Q. Tell us about the books in your life that have fed your soul, brought you solace, pleasure, or joy, or eased your mind.
- I would have to say every book I’ve ever read. They’ve all brought at least one of those things to me, and the majority of them have brought them all. I think that we as writers learn to love reading that much more simply because we’ve been there and done it, we’ve been on the other side of the page, we’ve sat there for hours on end staring at a blank screen, we know what it’s like. I’ve never not finished reading a book for this exact reason. I respect the craft and the hard work that goes into creating a fictional realm. Creating one well is a whole new ballgame. Every book I read I enjoy, and that’s because I know how it feels. I know how it feels to sit before a keyboard and bleed my heart dry; to spill the contents of my soul onto the screen. It’s the reason I love reading: because I love writing so much, and in the same way I love writing because I love reading so much. Confused yet? Because I am. Hold up, let me go grab a coffee and I’ll get back to you shortly.
Q. If you could exist in any story world, which would you choose, and why?
- I would have to choose the P.J Tracy world, with Gino and Magozzi and the Monkeewrench gang. Seriously, I really love these books, just in case you couldn’t already tell. There’s just something about the characters and the way that they’re presented that just makes me want to step into their world, despite the terrible events that take place there.
Meet the Author:
My name is Liam Cross, and I believe in fiction. (if you get that movie reference, then we’re going to be great friends.)
I am a freelance ghostwriter and editor living in Northumberland England, which basically means that I sit hunched up in my room all day and turn coffee into productivity. Not tea as my UK status might have you believe. I hate tea. And yes you read that right.
Aside from coffee-drinking and the occasional editing project or written piece for a client, I spend my time doing what writers do best: writing. And reading of course. I mainly write poetry and crime fiction, and I’m currently almost finished the final draft of my crime novel ‘The Revisiting Darkness’ – it has been a rough two years, but I’ll always love that project, even if nobody else does (my grandma doesn’t count.)
Writing for me is an outlet, a saviour, and I can’t imagine a day without writing at least something. Even if it’s just a short poem, I have to crank something out, because if I don’t I fear that my brain might literally explode and come spiralling down from the sky in small chunks, in the form of brain matter rainfall. Gross.
I also bodybuild, competing in various competitions across the country, and can solve a Rubik’s cube in under thirty seconds – I always have to get that one in there. I think I can move my hands so fast because of all the damn typing.
That’s all there is to me really. Why don’t you step on into my world, follow me on my journey, and share my love of all things written.
Connect with Liam:
Check out Liam’s website, where you can find all of the necessary information regarding his editing services and experience: liamjcrosswritingandediting.com