20 Questions with Elliot Fliés

1. So, what’s your book all about?

It is the story of two men in a committed relationship who adopt two boys from Southeast Asia. The story is told through the eyes of a clever and funny yellow lab retriever named Kai.

2. What inspired you to write this tale?

Living through the joys and frustrations of an international adoption, being part of an atypical family, and wanting to record this story for my sons.

3. Do you have a favorite quote about creativity/inspiration etc…? What is it?

“In the depth of winter, I realized that within me there lay an invincible summer.”  – Albert Camus

4. What things do you keep in your “writing space”? Do they inspire you? Confound you? Hold wires in place?

I keep ultimate simplicity. I’m either at my computer at a simple desk with no distractions, or on my back patio surrounded by nature.

5. What is your perfect “writing space”?

My favorite place to write is at our family cabin in northern Minnesota, looking out at the shimmering waters of a beautiful lake.

6. If your car horn could play any song, which would it be? Can’t say Dixie.

Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”

7. What would you name the first permanent settlement on mars?

Atlantis Found

8. How tall is the perfect sidekick? Please explain why it even matters.

Exact same height and size as me so I could double my available wardrobe.

9. If you were to mess with the time stream, what would you change? Let’s assume a hundred other people already took care of Hitler so you don’t have to say, “Kill Hitler.”

I would go back to 1986 and have my beloved cousin Susan take a different route home from the beach, so she would not have been killed by a drunk driver.

10. Let’s say your character has a pet brown bear. What’s the bear’s name?

“Gray Bear” (My main character is a color-blind dog.)

11. If you had to give an antagonist an annoying trait, what would it be?

Talking way too much.

12. What kind of car would your ultimate protagonist drive?

A Corvette convertible, so she can have the wind in her face without hanging out the window like a typical dog.

13. You’ve got a year to travel anywhere. Where?

Canada, from coast to coast.

14. You just bought a boat with your book fortune. What are you going to call it?

“Kai” (after my dog, the author)

15. What kind of music, if any, gets you typing the fastest?

Dance music.

16. What’s the punch line to your favorite joke?

“He was trying to make both ends meet.”

17. What lyric do you sing poorly, yet loudly?

All of them.

18. You find a portal to another world in your sink’s drain. What is this other world called? And what is the best way to clean the portal so it doesn’t smell like old food?

Niard (“drain” backwards”). There, they use Onard (“Drano” backwards) to clean the portal.

19. Where can people learn more about you, your work or any pets you have?

retrievingisaacandjason.com, or my facebook or linked-in pages.

20. What’s next?

“Retrieving” is the first of a trilogy. “Retrieving” is the non-fiction tale about my future (my kids). “Journey”, which is 2/3 written, is historical non-fiction about my family or origin; more specifically, about three generations of my family owning a rustic cabin in northern Minnesota and the antics that ensued. “Everett Falls” is a fictional coming of age story that is its deepest sense contains different aspects of my own life.

One comment

  1. Great interview! This beats the crap out of that Chelsea Handler chick…

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