I'm very pleased to welcome John Corey Whaley, author of Where Things Come Back and Noggin, to the blog to answer a few questions as part of his UK blog tour for Noggin.
1. You've chosen to tackle universal human experiences - moving on, love, identity - through a very unusual situation. Did the head-transplant come from a desire to explore humanity, or the other way around?
I think everything I write starts with a desire to explore humanity - but, in this case, I actually wanted to write something absurd and ground it in reality, so the head transplant came first, and I filled in the humanity later.
2. If you had Travis' choice, would you choose to die naturally or take the chance to come back in the future?
I want to say that I'd come back, but my instinct is to say that I'd probably opt to let go instead of facing a possible future without my loved ones.
3. Do you think this kind of medical science will be possible one day or is it pure science fiction?
I believe this is something that is very likely to happen in our near future and, thus, made it easier to write about it in a way that wasn't science fiction, but speculative.
4. Is there one skill - like Travis and Space Invaders - that you'd be loathe to lose if you were brought back from the dead with a new body? One you'd love to gain?
I'm not really skilled at anything (but writing, on occasion), so I can't think of anything aside from that. I'd love to gain to ability to draw or paint.
5. Favourite word?
6. Dream holiday destination?
Anywhere with mountains?
7. A book you wish you'd written?
To Kill a Mockingbird
8. Current read?
Unbroken by Lauren Hildebrand
A huge thanks to Jade from S&S for organising the tour and John for taking the time to answer my questions. Noggin is out tomorrow!