20 Questions with Willow Polson

1. So, what’s your book all about?
The current novel that’s finished and out is Triune, about three ordinary brothers, who discover that they’re actually quite extraordinary. Angels, in fact, without any warning or instruction manuals. Not only do they have to learn how to cope with this discovery in their daily lives, but of course they’ve been called into action to help save the world. Book two in the four-book series is a little over half done now.

2. What inspired you to write this tale?
A number of things, including the television show Heroes and the fact that “angels,” and powerful beings like them, have been described in every culture and religion of the world. This is a book that includes spiritual concepts, but is not religious at all. It’s also intended to be an uplifting tale of discovery, an antidote to our culture’s current obsession with horror, vampires, darkness, torture, and so on.

3. Do you have a favorite quote about creativity/inspiration etc…? What is it?
“To not write, for many of us, is to die.” – Ray Bradbury

4. What things do you keep in your “writing space”? Do they inspire you? Confound you? Hold wires in place?
I mostly have things that make me feel good and make me smile, like screen-used TV props, signed posters and books, that kind of thing. I’ve got comfy chairs for when I get sick of sitting at my desk, a big whiteboard that I really should use more, reference books, and some unusually large, black feathers…

5. What is your perfect “writing space”?
I finally have it. We live on 20 acres near Yosemite, and as such, have a number of outbuildings on the property. One of these has been converted to my office, so I have lots of room for my cool stuff, and I can completely leave my house for some separate quiet headspace that’s mine alone. Minuses: No bathroom, mice. I need to bring the cat up there.

6. If your car horn could play any song, which would it be? Can’t say Dixie.
Raymond Scott’s “Powerhouse B.”

7. What would you name the first permanent settlement on mars?
The Douglas “Hauser” Quaid Memorial Outpost.

8. How tall is the perfect sidekick? Please explain why it even matters.
Just a few inches shorter than the hero, because first impressions matter.

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 prevent both the Inquisition and the stranglehold of modern scientific theory that refuses to acknowledge the existence of anything it cannot measure. These two things are responsible for killing individual spirituality, meaning direct personal connection to Spirit, and shamanism in Western culture. They’re responsible for people being labeled as “crazy” or “evil” because they have a different perception of Spirit than someone else. You can’t measure God.

10. Let’s say your character has a pet brown bear. What’s the bear’s name?
“Where the hell are we going to keep a live bear?” – Barrett Mason, vetoing the entire idea.

11. If you had to give an antagonist an annoying trait, what would it be?
My son says “being an antagonist.” I’m going to go with nervous finger tapping.

12. What kind of car would your ultimate protagonist drive?
A classic Indian motorcycle. Mike is way too cool for a car. They also make him claustrophobic.

13. You’ve got a year to travel anywhere. Where?
My very short travel bucket list is the UK and Egypt.

14. You just bought a boat with your book fortune. What are you going to call it?
Charitable Gift To Someone Else, I really dislike boating a lot.

15. What kind of music, if any, gets you typing the fastest?
Hard prog rock, like Spock’s Beard. Goddamn but those guys rock.

16. What’s the punch line to your favorite joke?
“Rectum? It nearly killed him!”

17. What lyric do you sing poorly, yet loudly?
I do actually sing, so not applicable. Ha.

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?
These are some of the most bizarre questions ever. Foodcourtia (look that one up, kids). Bleach and water solution, then stop using the thing before we piss them off.

19. Where can people learn more about you, your work or any pets you have?
By meeting me at a comic book convention or, failing that, on the interweb tubes, specifically www.willowpolson.com

20. What’s next?
Triune 2 (working title), a couple of comic books, articles for my blog UrbanFantasyNews.com, and general feature film scriptwriting. I also plan to do some freelance work for paganwriters.com and, if the stars align and Spirit decides to allow it, I might join the staff of a new web series that looks freaking amazing. Write all the things! Yeah… I’m a Gemini. I can’t help it.

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