Richard Holliday

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Do you find writing the exciting bits (action sequences) easier than the other bits (connecting sequences, dialogue ect)? Or the other way around?

Action is easier to write but can be quite exhausting, as you have to describe things that might be occurring simultaneously in a more linear fashion, but that's a limitation if you will of the medium. Dialog for me is a tricky subject, as I'm a bit fastidious about punctuating it "correctly" and this can detract from getting immersed in the conversations characters have.

What is your favourite book of all time?

Hmm, hard to say. Favourite book this year would be Iain M Banks' Consider Phlebas. Look forward to experiencing more of the Culture series.
Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan was notably great, too.

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Lets be serious for a moment, if I offered you the choice of: Dying Vampire Werewolf Which would you choose?

Dying would be the only option I could bear to take.

Should labour elect a new leader before the next election?

No, the current one is making them quite unelectable as it is. And that's fine with me.

You totally wriggled out of that, which I am sure I said you couldn't do. Jake or Edward? and you are well aware of the context of the question

Wriggled out? Surely not; rather, I climbed a step-ladder to safety!
Neither are characters I can or want to relate to. Ask me proper questions, not pointless things about this fetid bullshit!
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Jake or Edward? And no you aren't allowed to wriggle out of it

Oh please, neither of these dullard characters to whom I've no connection to either. And what's with this moronic, tribal "Team Edward" or "Team Jacob" stuff; why must fandoms take sides all the time?
To (technically) answer: Jake, on the basis of assuming you're referring to my awesome Twitter-friend Jake. :-D
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Why can't I just ask you questions on twitter?

You could, but it would sidestep the novelty of this website. In fact, feel free to fire away on Twitter, Facebook, this or in my website's contact form! :-D

What do you like to talk about the most?

Oh, I don't know. Small talk is hard for me, but I'm sure finding it easier to talk about my plans for writing! And other geek stuff too.

What are you working on right now? Are any of your books available for film / TV rights?

I'm currently working on a short story called "Simulacrum" which is set aboard a decrepit waste disposal station that uses a "disposable" workforce made of clones; naturally, things quickly go awry. Hope to have it ready in a couple of weeks, taking my time!
Have I issued the rights to any of my work? No; and I'm not sure how I'd go about doing so. However I'm not closing the door; I do feel I lack the presence and audience necessary to be remotely interesting to filmmakers. I do find myself imagining what the movie version of Colonisation would be like... :-D

If you had to give someone lessons, what skill would you teach?

The skill of asking better-qualified people for coaching.


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