It would be brilliant if today’s guest could be with me in reality, and not just in the virtual world. Author Eric Price recently told me if he ever came to England he’d love to go to a football match. Well, the football season started four weeks ago, and already there is high football fever in the Fairfax household.
Although Eric can’t be here in real life, I have made him some traditional footie match half-time fare, and we are living the match experience at home by eating pie and peas washed down with warm lager, whilst standing outside in the freezing cold :)
Thanks for coming today, Eric!
Where do you live, Eric? Northwest Iowa. I’ve lived here just over two years. I grew up about 40 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri in Illinois. After I got married, we moved to a suburb north of St. Louis and stayed there for seven years. We moved here so I could work on my wife’s family’s farm, and so my wife’s father could start thinking about retiring. We live in the house where she grew up.
I’ve never been there, but I’ve always thought St Louis sounds such a romantic place. Maybe you might think otherwise!
Where is your favourite place in the world? I haven’t travelled the whole world, but of the places I’ve been, either Maine or Grand Cayman, depending on my mood—though I do like Iowa a lot. Maine has a mysterious, mystic aura about it, especially along the coast. I think a writer could get along there just fine (wink, wink). I spent a day in Grand Cayman about ten years ago, and I didn’t have nearly enough time to see everything I wanted to see. I may get a chance to go back next year.
Being a writer is a great job. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? Every job I’ve had has contributed to building me into the person I am, so I hate to call one the worst. But I do have a terrible habit of overstaying my welcome in each of my previous jobs. Once I’ve been at a job too long, I stop taking anything from it. If I’m not getting anything out of a job, I have a hard time giving any of myself to the job. It’s a lose/lose situation.
It’s a dreadful feeling when work has started to get boring. Luckily, writing is never like that!
What book do you wish you’d written? The Lord of the Rings. The book is so deep. I’ve read it several times, and there’s still so much about Middle Earth I don’t understand. I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite book, but I’d still like to write something with so much depth one day.
What’s your favourite song? That’s a tough question, and possibly more mood dependant than the one about my favourite place in the world. I’m going to pick three. The Beatles’ While My Guitar Gently Weeps. The Beatles plus Eric Clapton on guitar equals awesome. Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb. The Wall, and this song in particular, turned me on to Pink Floyd. I now have almost all their albums, but The Wall is still my favourite. Billy Joel’s Scenes From an Italian Restaurant. This is just a fun song. It comes from my favourite Billy Joel album, The Stranger, and it makes me happy every time I hear it.
I also love Comfortably Numb. The Scissor Sisters did a great cover.
If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you say to them? Jesus. I’d ask him if this whole Son of God, dying on the cross, forgiveness of sins thing is real. Either way it would solve a lot of the world’s problems. To quote Megadeth, “Brother will kill brother/Spilling blood across the land/Killing for religion/Something I don’t understand.//Fools like me, who cross the sea/And come to foreign lands/Ask the sheep, for their beliefs/Do you kill on God’s command?” It seems to me, in the history of the world, most wars have been fought in the Name of God, or because two cultures are fighting over what they believe to be their religion’s Holy Land. Passion is the opposite of logic.
What’s your happiest childhood memory? Can I pick a time period? I don’t know if I have a single memory to rule them all, but the late summer of 1994 through the early summer of 1995 had a ton of cool events. I could write a book on it and it would be my “coming of age” story. The singularity that started everything happened when I went to the Billy Joel/Elton John concert. I had “cheap seats” (if such a thing existed). Some guy came and sat next to me. He said he worked for Elton John and he wanted to give me tickets to the front row. I had to ask him to repeat himself, as he had a heavy British accent, and I sometimes struggle with my native tongue—U.S. English. After questioning him to make sure he wasn’t some scam artist, I ended up seeing the show from the front row. I knew I’d enjoy Billy Joel and Elton John, what I didn’t know was Ray Cooper was touring with them as Elton John’s percussionist. He was amazing. That was probably the best of the best, but in the following months, I helped build my parent’s house, saw the only grand slam I’ve seen live, had an old man in a wheelchair try to buy pot from me (I didn’t have any, but I did give him some baseball tickets I wasn’t going to use), and I descended completely into my comic book addiction (you can read more about that problem here).
Good job this is a written interview. I also have quite a heavy English accent :)
If you had to marry a fictional character, from film, television, or books, who would it be? Another tough question, but I think I’d have to say Kaylee Fry from Firefly/Serenity. She’s eternally optimistic and easy to read. Plus she’s a genius mechanic, and there’s something attractive about a woman who knows her way around an engine…especially if it’s on a Firefly class transport. My second choice would be Gloria Cleary from Wedding Crashers. You know, the character played by Isla Fisher. Just sayin’.
Oh I loved Firefly!
What’s the most important lesson life has taught you? Never give up on something you really want. This lesson pertains to all aspiring writers. No matter how good you think you are, you will get rejected. Learn to deal with it. Resubmit you story elsewhere. It may be necessary to revise and rewrite first. Don’t take the easy way out. If writing was meant to be easy, everyone would do it.
And finally, please tell us about your latest book, where we can find it, and where we can find your blog/website
Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud is a coming of age story about Owen, the only son of King Kendrick, and the likely heir to the throne of the Central Domain of Wittatun. He hates magic and blames it on the death of his mother, but when King Kendrick falls ill, Owen will have to join forces with the magician he holds responsible for his mother’s death to save his father. Together with Owen’s best friend, they will set out on a quest to find a powerful sorcerer who may be the only person with the knowledge to save the king. The story is filled with fantastic beasts from mythology and legend as well as a few monsters of my own creation. It’s a young adult novel with appeal for adult fantasy lovers as well.
Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud is scheduled for a November release from Muse It Up Publishing, and you can stay informed of the progress by following my website/blog authorericprice.com and by following me on Twitter @AuthorEricPrice. When I get the cover image for the book, I plan on starting a Facebook fan page.
Thanks for interviewing me Helena. I had a lot of fun with some of these questions.
Thanks very much for coming, Eric, and I’m looking forward to the release of Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud!
If you have any questions or comments for Eric, or even if you just want to know if St Louis is as romantic as it sounds, please let us know. We’d love to hear from you!
23 thoughts on “Good to meet you…author Eric Price”
Interesting interview, Eric! If I hadn’t read your name or where you lived, I could have thought my husband answered these questions for Helena. Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Lord of the Rings, Firefly, the Beatles, etc. You have an interesting background.
Best wishes on your book in November.
The Ginseng Conspiracy – coming January 2014
That’s funny, Susan! Isn’t it strange how sometimes people who’ve never met each other can share all the same interests? Thanks for your comment!
Thanks, Susan. Maybe I should get to know your husband. Is he on Twitter?
Eric, my husband isn’t on Twitter or Facebook. By the way, when we went to the coast of Maine we loved it as well. Said we were going to retire there until we found out the cost of living. Actually I will be in Maine next month.
The Ginseng Conspiracy
I know what you mean about Maine. It is a really neat place that captures my imagination. I’d love to live there for a while too – either the Canadian or American side. And yeah, it’s awful how people start wars in the name of God. Yeah, right.
I’d love to travel to Maine some day. I’ve heard so many people say what a beautiful place it is. Thanks fo rcoming by, Suzanne!
I haven’t been to that area of Canada. We went to Maine for a cousin’s wedding a few years ago, and we planned on cutting through Canada and going all the way to Michigan. Then we heard it was taking 3 house to get across the border both ways. Maybe next time.
Eric- you and I have so much in common!
Love Billy Joel (although I prefer Piano Man). Comfortably Numb is an awesome song, and I LOVE Maine!!!
And Firefly is completely wonderful!
Thanks for dropping in Mary. Now I REALLY want to go to Maine. It sounds fabulous!
Maine is something special. The towns feel like you’ve stepped back in time a couple hundred years with their old architecture, and the thick forests of the country seem like something out of a fantasy novel.
Helena, I’ve never been to Maine either and I’m in the same country! I’ve always wanted to go for the fall colors. Wonderful interview, Eric. Always fun getting to know the story behind the person.
Thanks so much for coming by, Kai. I just Googled Maine, and it looks amazing. The coast line is wonderful. And I expect in autumn (fall) it’s absolutely beautiful. Hopefully one day I’ll get to see it.
Not only does Maine have enjoyable scenery, if you like lobster, you can get it for hardly any money compared to some of the market prices you pay elsewhere. Thanks for stopping by, Kai.
Hi Eric and Helena. I enjoyed the interview. My late husband was a big fan of the St. Louis Cardinal baseball team. I was a Chicago Cub fan, mainly to get under his skin. We had some good…uh…debates. I’ve lived in Illinois all my life.
I can only imagine how exciting getting front row seats to a concert was to you.
Good luck with your books.
Hi Leona, I didn’t know you were a baseball fan. I’ve always thought it would be great to go to a game. It looks an exciting sport. Thanks for taking the time to come by!
The Cardinals are almost everything in St. Louis. The Blues (hockey) get some of the cake, but not like the Cards. It’s good from a baseball point of view, but bad from an everything else point of view. St. Louis had one of the best, if not THE best, women’s soccer (read football) teams in the world, and they got into financial trouble and dissolved because few people came to the games. I went to about half the games while they were in town. I used to sit behind the goal with the Laclede’s Army support group. Hope Solo would interact with us at breaks, and we felt special…no more.
That’s a shame the women’s soccer team dissolved, Eric. There is a lot of women’s football in the UK, too, but it doesn’t draw many spectators. The England women’s team won the last World Cup. Women’s soccer has improved in quality vastly here in the past ten years or so, and is really entertaining to watch. It deserves a way bigger audience. In the meantime, a male footballer (Gareth Bale) last week got the biggest transfer fee ever: £85 million to go play at Real Madrid. Madness!
Eric, we have little in common. Probably another reason why I found your answers so fascinating. Diversity is great, don’t you think? Good luck with your very exciting novel.
Hi, good to see you! Hope all’s well with you :)
The world sure would be boring if everyone liked the same things.
There is another reason I like to learn people’s interest. Sometimes I’ll read a new author because an author I already like recommends them. You can apply it to music and movies as well. Thanks for reading the post.
Eric—That’s the truth…never give up! AND with writing, you’ll always have something to take away from it! Win/win job wise! ;)
That’s so true, Erin! Writing is a pleasure for its own sake. Even if my books never got read by anyone, I would still have written them. Thanks so much for coming by!
I’ll have fun making this presentation about you in front of my european english class ! We will take part in this french high school classes novel writing contest you wrote for. I hope you’ll enjoy reading us and may the stories please you ! :)
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