Everyone, please welcome the author of the urban fantasy Kill It With Magic, J. A. Cipriano! We chat about the Flintstones, genies, Penny Arcade, World of Warcraft, and plenty more! Enjoy!
Myths and beliefs that we would consider fiction or fantasy in modern literature once upon a time shaped history (think of all the hunts for unicorns & dragons). Do you see modern fantasy fiction affecting human cultures today and how?
Not particularly. What new fictional thing has come out in the last decade that really changed the way we look at stuff, really introduced new ideas and caught on? Even Harry Potter is almost twenty years old. Pretty much everything that’s out now has been around for a century. Most super heroes are 80 years old. When we come out with something new, then I’ll change my answer.
I mean, I’m no exception. I write about werewolves, vampires, and teenage girls with katanas, as if that hasn’t been done a billion times.
Given the opportunity, what fantastical beast of fiction would you like to encounter in the wild? Which would you avoid at all costs? Would you take a selfie with the beastie?
I’m pretty sure most fantastical beasts eat people, so I wouldn’t really want to encounter any of them really. Though I guess I could live with encountering a genie, only he’d have to be like the Robin Williams genie and not like Jafar. Then again I have always wanted a unicorn or a Pegasus. Could I catch a winged unicorn to use as my own personal steed? Is that allowed?
I don’t think I’ve ever taken a selfie, so that’s probably out. I got a new shirt one time I wanted to show my wife and got too embarrassed trying to take a pic of myself so I made the girl at the store take a photo of me.
Is there a book to movie/TV adaptation that you found excellent? Is there a PC game to book adaptation that worked for you?
I really like Fight Club. I like the movie and the book. I think the way they did the movie is just phenomenal. I was reading the book and was like how could they make a movie from this, then I saw the movie and was like, “wow!”
That being said, I haven’t read Vampire Diaries, but I like the show…
I was driving yesterday and was thinking about, of all things, The Super Mario Brothers movie. I want to see a sequel for it because Daisy comes back at the end all bad ass and is like “I need your help.” I want to know why, dammit!
In this age of publishing, self-promotion is really necessary for the author. What do you enjoy most about advertising yourself and your works? What do you find most challenging?
I actually can’t stand promoting myself. I always feel like I’m bragging or that someone is going to discover I’m a big fraud and break into my house and steal my cat. Thankfully, that hasn’t happened… yet.
If you could go enjoy a meal in a fictional world, where would that be, and what would you eat?
I want to eat those giant brontosaurus ribs from the Flintstones! I’d pull up in my bone mobile and ask for a strawberry shake, pterodactyl chili fries, and a brontosaurs burger, you know, for after the ribs. Plus I want to watch the girl skate around and pretend I’m in the fifties, you know, before I had an ipad at the table to summon my waitress and pay my bill. Wow… that answer makes me feel old.
What were you like as a kid? Did your kid-self see you being a writer?
I wrote a lot as a kid, and always wanted to be a writer. I was a pretty smart alecky kid. My parents swear that when I was like 2 and a half they took me to interview for a McDonalds’ commercial. All I had to say was “Mom, Dad, can we go to McDonalds?”
Evidently, I spent the next hour telling the person I didn’t like McDonalds and wanted lobster and caviar. Obviously they gave up and sent us home. As soon as we got in the car, I smiled really big and said “Mom, Dad, can we go to McDonalds?”
Care to share an awkward fangirl/fanboy moment, either one where someone was gushing over your work…..or one where you were gushing over another author’s work?
Actually, there was this time I met the creators from Penny Arcade, and I just forgot how to even talk. I just stood there with my mouth open with my wife and them looking at me like I was a crazy person. Finally, they asked me if I wanted a sketch. I nodded dumbly, and Gabe asked me which character.
I opened my mouth, but words didn’t come out. I couldn’t even remember a single character from the comic I’d read for years. I was just like… um the yellow one. Then I smiled awkwardly.
Just thinking about it now makes me blush because I remember them looking at me like “who is this person pretending to like our stuff and taking up valuable time from real fans.”
What do you do when you are not writing?
I play with my two year old and play World of Warcraft. I used to run a lot and do marathons, but I realized I hate, you know, exercising and sweating. I can’t stand sweating.
What is a recurring or the most memorable geeky argument or debate you have taken part in?
Probably when I asked why the shamans in WoW don’t say anything about the fire god, but they praise the others: water, earth, wind.
My friend said it was because Ragnaros was dead.
I looked at him and was like, but the Cataclysm released Al Akir and we killed him in tier one, so wouldn’t that mean they shouldn’t talk to wind either?
That was when it got quiet and everyone looked at me like who is this person who suddenly knows lore?
You have to run an obstacle course. Who do you invite along (real of imaginary, living or dead)? Will there be a tasty libation involved?
Um… can I bring Nightcrawler from the X-men so we can just teleport through all the obstacles and go drink beer at the end? Because, you know, all races give out beer at the end. Unless this is a beer race, then I’d need one of those guys from Revenge of the Nerds.
Kill It With Magic book blurb:
Sixteen-year-old Lillim Callina is good at two things: running away and magic.
Now, Lillim’s half-demon ex-boyfriend is contacting her for help, she has somehow gotten herself mixed up in a kidnapping, and her long-dead rival has risen from the grave.
So when a dragon plotting to take over the world offers her a choice: Work for him or else.
Lillim Callina is going to choose else.
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