Author interview with... Dean Ammerman & GIVEAWAY!

So today I have the pleasure of interviewing Dean Ammerman, author of The Anteater Boy. Check out my review HERE! Let me just warn you the man is HILARIOUS!! I could not stop smiling or laughing at his responses! =D ENJOY!
1. If you had to describe yourself in just one word, what would it be and why?
Here’s my word: Ha! I don’t take myself too seriously, and I think “Ha” pretty well describes that. In addition, there’s a certain sense of joy that goes along with the word, which I like to think I have. Plus, “Ha” is versatile. It can suggest skepticism, sarcasm, challenge, and more. And when you add the exclamation point—!—it takes the word to the next level. Maybe it says I’m serious about not being serious. Ha!
2. Can you tell me what inspired it you to write Anteater Boy?
I read a lot of books. Mostly fiction. And for a long time it seemed that everything I read was depressing. People in pain. Families falling apart. War, death, destruction. Apocalyptic. Post-apocalyptic. Dystopian. You know what I’m talking about. So when I started “Anteater-Boy,” I wanted to write a book that would be a bit more uplifting and positive. (What was I thinking!) The other thing that inspired me is teachers. I’ve had some amazing teachers, and I’ve had a lot of bonehead teachers, too. The ones that frustrate me most are the ones who ask questions just to trip you up or show you how stupid you are, instead of teaching you what’s important. What was Teddy Roosevelt’s middle name? Who cares. On which leg was Ahab’s peg? Who cares. So as a result I ended up writing a pre-apocalyptic story about a freshman in high school in a functional family living in a topian (as opposed to utopian or dystopian) world. Crazy, huh?
3. I find it interesting to know what authors find most productive… Do you use a pen and paper or laptop? Quiet room at home or bustling cafĂ©? Basically, what gets your creative juices flowing?
When I write or edit, I’m most productive at home staring at my desktop computer with no music and few distractions. (My dog’s snoring is okay.) Usually my leg falls asleep after an hour and breaks my concentration. My inspiration, though, comes uninvited at various times, and I grab a pen or pencil and try to write it quickly on any scrap of paper I can find. Sometimes it takes a long time to decipher those when I look at them later. Some are just unreadable gibberish. Those are the best.
4. What is one wish that you hope will come true?
This is my Miss America moment, right? World peace. Cure for cancer. That everyone will just get along and sing “Kumbaya.” Hmm. Maybe that everybody can be a little happier. That would be good. Of course, if it’s a wish about me, well, visiting Mars would be amazing.
5. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal job?
I have no idea at all. Possibly own and manage a small start-up business. Some area of communications—involved in new product development.
6. If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
On my desert island I’d want my iPod with music (Bob Dylan, The Dead Weather, Black Moth Super Rainbow), movies (Bourne Trilogy, Spider-Man 2, What About Bob), TV shows (Dr. Who, Big Bang Theory) and a few apps (Doodle Jump). My second thing would be chocolate, and on a hot desert island that means peanut M&Ms because they won’t melt in my hands. And my third thing would be sunblock. Probably SPF 10,000. I’d want to keep from looking like a lobster.
7. Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
One of the quotes at the start of “Anteater-Boy” is from “Sunshine Superman” by Donovan. (One of the great thinkers of our time, by the way.) So that has to be the theme song for the book. Sure it’s from the 1960s and flower power and bell bottom jeans, none of which have much to do with Zak and his friends. But it’s a love song. (“It’ll take time, I know it but in a while, you’re gonna be mine.”) And you have to love the line: “Superman or Green Lantern ain't got a-nothin' on me.” Now there’s somebody with confidence.
8. What is your favorite Quote?
This will either make me seem pompous or stupid or scary. Probably all three. Friedrich Nietzsche once wrote,
“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.”
We all live on the edge. So we have to be well grounded in who we are when we lean over that edge. Otherwise we might become something we detest. Or find out we’re not as nice or a good as we hope we are. Stay grounded and eat a good breakfast. That’s my advice.
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