Questions that Matter with Garth Pettersen

The Dane Law: The Atheling Chronicles: #2 by [Pettersen, Garth]

I asked the questions that matter of Garth Pettersen! But first, the book:

Now, the questions!

Hello, Garth! What is the hardest part of being an author?

I think it is getting through the low spots when I lack motivation and my inner critic has the microphone. The only cure is to just write. Or to read something that addresses the issue, such as Dean Wesley Smith’s Writing Into the Dark––and then writing.

The best advice! In your opinion, what is the best Disney animated movie?

 I have always been fascinated by the animation in Pinocchio. When I was a kid a long, long time ago, we all watched The Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights. One offering involved the animation for Pinocchio. For the rain storm, the animators took time lapse photos of milk drops striking the surface of a bowl of milk. If you’ve ever seen such an image the droplet forms a crown-shaped crater, then the edges tsunami in and send a column skyward, tossing a droplet above it, making the whole thing look like a handwritten letter i. The animators copied this progression, shot for shot. If you watch Pinocchio, wait for the rain.

I will after hearing that! What’s the meaning of life?

 To find it yourself.

Everyone get looking! What would you want to be written on your tombstone?

“He wasn’t always an asshole.”

Honesty! What is one of your favorite quotes?

Oscar Wilde’s last words: “Either that wall paper goes, or I do.”

Hopefully someone removed the wallpaper! If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be? 

I think it would be a natural cataclysmic occurrence rather than a human one. Humans can be so disappointing. What if Lincoln had a squeaky voice, or Caesar was an obnoxious jerk? I would like to share a drink with Teddy Roosevelt in a saloon when he was a cattle rancher. He’d be fascinating to talk to. I don’t think he’d disappoint. Regarding natural events, I might wish to see the eruption of Vesuvius (from the water), which destroyed Pompeii, or when the Atlantic broke through at Gibraltar and formed the Mediterranean.

You have a need for adventure—fantastic! What do you think the best invention is?

The written word.

Yes, indeed! Never trust a person who doesn’t like…


I couldn’t agree more! What’s the most marvelous thing you have ever seen with your own eyes?

When I was a young man I once worked in a fly-in logging camp at the head of a fiord on the coast of British Columbia. From the bunkhouses, one could view a lovely, ribbon-like waterfall and the glacier above it. One Sunday––the one day of the week we had off––a big chunk of ice must have dammed the glacial run-off because the waterfall stopped. My workmates and I watched for maybe ten minutes until the building water pressure broke through. But what cascaded first was ice and snow. It piled at the bottom in an inverted funnel shape, until a number of minutes passed and the running water came once again. I have never heard of anyone reporting seeing such a thing.

Now you have, and we are all happy you did! Which Harry Potter character are you? 

Harry Potter, of course. I would want to be the hero, to have all the action and drama swirl around me. But if you ask which character would I like to portray as an actor my response would be, “Could I play Snape?”

Either choice is great! Flash me! Write us a flash fiction story, no more than 50 words please!

Raising the Bar

            “We’ve almost got it fixed.”

            “It’s about time. It’s cold out there.”

            “Took us a while to find a part.”

            Andrew hung up and looked out the window. The first chair approached the offload. The restraining bar remained down. The four seated skiers sat unmoving–a macabre sculpture in ice.

Excellent! That was more than seven questions, but I’m bad at math, so we’ll pretend otherwise! Thank you, Garth, for sharing your wisdom! Support Garth by checking out the book and links! Then ride the waterfall to next Friday when we share in another author’s wisdom!

Happy reading! 🙂

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