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3Ws- Eric Smith

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What do you create?

Stories, mostly. I love writing blog posts and (attempting) to write books. You can generally find me blogging over on BookRiot with some amazingly passionate bookish people, occasionally on The Huffington Post in their books section, and over on Quirk Books’ blog, the publisher where I work. I also started a local geek blog, Geekadelphia. You can find my prattling about local geek culture in Philadelphia there pretty frequently.

As for books, I like writing Young Adult books and humor. My first YA novel, Inked, comes out this month, and my first humor book, The Geek’s Guide to Dating, came out in December of 2013.

Why do you create?

You know, few things make me happier than talking about other people (I’m sorry, current and future publicists of my work). So spending time writing blog posts about books I love and stories about authors I adore makes me really happy. If writing a post helps make that happen, I’m thrilled.

When it comes to the books, well, I’ve always loved telling stories. Ever since my Mom bought me an old electric typewriter as a kid. I like making people laugh, spinning stories of adventure. Trying to write the kind of books I always wanted to read.

 

What do you consume?

Oh man, I read a lot of blogs. A lot. I start every morning by opening up close to 20 blogs in my browser window (I know, I know, why not use a reader?), and flip around on social media to search for other stories. And I devour YA books. NetGalley has become one of my best friends.

In addition to all of that, I have a pretty serious video game addiction. When I’m spent from writing, I love curling up on the couch with a good game, whether it’s on my console or tablet. Lately I’ve been all about Dragon Age: Inquisition on my Xbox One and Hearthstone on the iPad.

Oh! And movies. Lots of movies. I have a constantly in-flux Blu-Ray collection, and have a small projector screen in my den. Popcorn and movies on a rainy day = one of my favorite things.

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3Ws – Chris Partellow

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What do you create?

I create… many different things! First and foremost I am an illustrator. Then, I’m also an animator. In addition to that I’ve recently rediscovered making comics. I write songs and perform them with my band in and around NYC. Basically if I find something interesting I’ll probably want to try it out to some degree. I’d go on but I’ll just stop here.

Why do you create?

Amazing question! Being able to create, in general, can be so gratifying! An imagination allows your mind to wander into an idea, which basically wasn’t there a minute ago, and from there it could grow into what could be endless possibilities. It’s all very exciting however, a good idea isn’t worth anything unless you remember to write it down because it probably won’t be there later if you don’t. That’s key!

Whatever the case, once you have it (that great idea you have), it’s yours to do whatever with. Then put that idea, and/or ideas, to work until it becomes a real finished thing. I really enjoy going through the creative process. When you call it “done”, then you get to do it all over again with something new. And that’s just great!

What do you consume?

Music: All kinds! Mostly rock. I’d say the Pixies are in my all-time top 5. But the weirder the better, really. Show me something I’ve never heard before. Basically if I haven’t heard it, I’d want to hear it. I grew up on Punk Rock and eventually began paying more attention to the artier bands. The Velvet Underground invented Punk AND Art Rock. That’s a pretty good feat, to say the least.
Food: When out, Japanese or Mexican. When home, I cook a mean salmon and lately I’ve been making breakfast burritos on the weekends. I’m a huge fan of Breakfast in general.
Books: I try and read the classics. Just so I know why… Also, Craig Thompson’s ‘Blankets’, and Jeffery Brown’s ‘Clumsy’ pretty much set me on my current path towards graphic novels.
Movies: Usually offbeat comedies, dark comedies, dramedies, rom coms, and music documentaries/performances. I like anything with the guts to be different.
TV: The best shows EVER are Freaks And Geeks, Curb You Enthusiasm, and The IT Crowd. Graham Linehan is a genius!

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3Ws – Colleen Oakley

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What do you create?

Babies, apparently. My husband and I have two kids already and we found out late this summer that we were (very unexpectedly) pregnant with twins! We’re still getting over the shock. But when I’m not procreating, I’m writing novels. My first book BEFORE I GO is a love story of sorts about a young woman who’s dying and decides to find a new wife for her husband before she passes, so she knows that he’ll be taken care of. I also write magazine articles, essays and grocery lists.

Why do you create?

It’s really a favor to my husband Fred, so that I’m easier to live with. I’ve found if I’m not writing that I fall into a weird, funky depression and I bitch and moan and complain about really important things like not being able to find my favorite coffee mug. But when I’m writing, I’m a much better everything else — mom, wife, friend, daughter, driver, dinner maker.

What do you consume?

I read books at a break-neck pace— I often find myself bleary-eyed at 3 a.m. promising myself: just one more page! I love fiction: thrillers, historical fiction, drama, love stories— anything with great writing and interesting characters that sucks me into someone else’s life.

Also, food. I live in the south, so my favorites are typically deep-fried in peanut oil. And when I’m not pregnant, I consume wine and tequila (preferably in margarita-form). I imagine after the twins are born, I’ll be consuming them in far greater quantities than ever before.

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