E: Welcome to Erindipity! I hope you didn’t have any trouble finding the place.
EEK: No, Great name!
E: Your first novel is Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife: All You Need to Know to Choose the Right Heaven Plus a Five-Star Rating System for Music, Food, Drink, and Accommodations. What inspired you to write this novel?
EEK: Divine Inspiration.
E: You have a story collection and a novella coming out later this year. What can you tell us about those?
EEK: The stories range the gamut – some bite –sized, others a full meal – sometimes funny, occasionally tragic, often poetic and usually entertaining. I intertwine biology, quantum theory and fantasy. My mentor and fabulous friend Ray Bradbury said the stories were “marvelously inventive, wildly funny and deeply thought provoking. I cannot recommend them highly enough.”
The novella is about a moonlight card game between Fate, Destiny, Chance and Luck where every card tells a tale.
E: Do you have any upcoming events, book signings, etc?
EEK: OH YES! Thank you for asking. I’ll be in LA for a reading and launch party for my new Collection of Short Fiction (& novella) “Another Happy Ending,”
@ Ray Bradbury’s favorite Bookstore Mystery and Imagination Bookstore
October 20th @ 2:00 -3:00 pm
238 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA 91203 818-545-0206
also I’m performing bits from my first novel,
“Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, all you need to know to choose the right heaven.”
(in costume) and reading from the new collection
October 30th @ 7:30-8:30
@Echo Park in “Stories Book and Café.” 1716 West Sunset Blvd • Los Angeles • CA  413-3733
I will also be speaking at Loscon around Thanksgiving at the LA convention Center
E: Are you currently working on anything?
EEK: Always! I just finished a novel “Blood Prism” – it’s very had to categorize. It’s a literary, romantic -thriller. Although it has some with vampires, it is not a typical vampire story. It deals with AIDS, the tragic history of the Catskill Indians, Mythology and the biology of the dispossessed (crows, coyotes, etc.)
The story is observed by the Greek Fates, who own a small antique shop in San Francisco. They watch, weaving the threads of the story into a single cloth.
The story traverses the Bay Area and Upper New York State, interweaving tales of Native American tribes, gold rush madams, robber barons and the unsavory mating habits of orchids into a weird tapestry.
Now I’m working on “Electric Detective” a noir series about a detective who is hit by lighting. This allows him to see into other dimensions and “speak electric.”
E: In addition to writing, you’re also a painter. Can you tell us a little bit about your artwork?
EEK: hummm… well you can see it here. A picture is worth 100 words, but words are pretty cheap.
If you’re in LA and go downtown just off the 101 at the Exposition Freeway near USC look left! Yu will see a really big mural that’s mine.
E: You’ve traveled all over the world. If you could only recommend one place, where would you tell people to visit?
EEK: Where ever I’m not! I don’t enjoy crowds
E: If you could meet any author, living or dead, who would you want to meet and what would you talk about?
EEK: Well – I can think of about 20 live authors and even more dead ones – so one is difficult. I’d have to say Shakespeare. Not only could he shape language into a thing of beauty and joy forever, he seemed to know about things he could not. For example, he wrote my favorite quote on diving….
Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that does fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
It captures the way even a scrap of rug can become a magic carpet full of life underwater… how could he know that? If you remove things from the sea they lose their beauty… also coral- there is no coral in English seas. And then there are so many phrases, words and whatnot he gave to the language… including whatnot. (Actually I just made that up about whatnot.)
What would we talk about… well how old is he when I talk to him? Where are we? In 1600 England or 2013 America… it makes a difference.
Maybe I’d ask him to write me a part in his newest play.