Eben Mishkin is a gentleman and a scholar who has devoted his life to the study of story and the accumulation of trivia. He holds more degrees than he is entitled to but is most proud of his Masters in the teaching and practice of creative writing from the University of Wales, Cardiff. He enjoys role playing games and casually wielding forbidden knowledge. Mishkin is married to a very talented artist who was kind enough to do all the artwork for his debut novel, The Hidden and the Maiden, for only an extended night of gaming and the purchase of a pony.
21 Things You Should Know About This Author
What book have you gifted the most? Why?
One year I fell in love with Turning On the Girls by Cheryl Benard. I loved it so much that I used it as my one stop shopping solution to holiday gifts that year and just sent one to everybody. I remember in particular loving the narrator, who was a character herself, and just laughing out loud to it. My brother assumed I had written it under an alias and that’s why I was sending it to everyone.
What is the one productivity tool you use every day? Why?
The double edged sword of the laptop. Perfect for every writing need. Including distracting me endlessly from writing with the internet.
What word do you misspell most often?
I cannot for the life of me remember how to spell restaurant.
What three things do you do to be a successful writer?
Write. Blog. Subscribe to the IBPA.
What are the titles of the last two books you have read?
Cormorant and Wildcards 2: Aces High.
What is your favorite word?
By usage: and. And I may just like and. It’s a pleasant little word that always brings things together.
What do you use more often – a dictionary or a thesaurus?
Dictionary by a mile. When I use a thesaurus it’s usually because I’m looking for a word that I’ve forgotten but think I know a word close to it. But I am often unsure if I am using a word exactly correctly.
What would you name the autobiography of your life?
What is your ‘go to’ munchie or drink while writing?
Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.
No. We process visual and linguistic data differently. While it might take a thousand words to describe what is in a picture, the picture the reader would imagine would inevitably be altered by our word choices. It isn’t the image we must try to reproduce it is the feeling of the person looking at the picture. Once we give someone a picture, then it is them, not the character, looking at the picture.
What animal are you most similar to and why?
I expect the truth is something like a dog. I mostly just like to chew on my toys and give sad looks. I am unduly excited about going out.
How would your best friend describe you?
Nerd. In a nice way though. Perhaps, intellectual.
What keeps you up at night? (and don’t say howling dogs)
These days I wouldn’t even know how to start. Politics, the human condition, and global warming would be a stab in the general direction.
What is one thing you will never do again?
Ride the Tower of Terror.
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare?
You get mac and cheese with broccoli because so far that’s all I can successfully cook.
What is the best compliment you have received?
That they knew the story was going to be good because I was telling it.
What question do you wish people wouldn’t ask?
Most questions not related to writing actually. I’m very comfortable talking about writing and story telling. I’m a bit awkward with the rest of it.
Crowds, small groups or ‘go away’?
Small groups for short periods of time. Then go away.
What would you sing at Karaoke night?
It has been communicated to me that my singing is horrible. So I might as well go all in and sing Boots and Boys by Ke$ha.
If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
I, in fact, own a shirt that says “Warning: Emotional Time Bomb.” I think it is either that or Meme Hazard.
What is the one question you wished I would have asked you? Why?
“Where do you get your ideas from?” That was actually my master’s thesis topic. So I feel like I am over prepared should anyone ever ask me that. My research paper, let me show you it.