The Book Riot Live Interview: Jeph Jacques

Jeph Jacques is the cartoonist we have to thank for Questionable Content. Read more about him here.

Q: Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Pantser. I just start writing and see where the story takes me.

Q: Got a favorite superhero?

Squirrel Girl.

Q: What’s one thing you want people to know about your book?

It’s good and funny and cute.

Q: Do you know your Hogwarts house?


Q: You can take one (and only one) book with you on a 4-day trip where there are NO BOOKSTORES. What book do you take?

The Hydrogen Sonata [by Iain M. Banks].

Q: Favorite album or band to listen to while writing?

Fabric mixes.

Q: What’s the story you wish someone else would write, so you could read it?

More Culture novels [by Iain M. Banks].

Q: Chunky or smooth?


Q: What are you reading right now?

All the sci-fi.

Q: What book do you wish more people had read?

The Southern Reach Trilogy [by Jeff VanderMeer].

Q: Which comes first in your process: plot or character?


Q: What genre have you never written in but want to?

Hard sci-fi.

Q: What’s the most surprising thing you learned in the course of writing your most recent book?

Writing is tricky.

Q: What’s your least favorite question to get as a writer?

What are the advantages of publishing online versus a traditional publisher?

Q: What was the worst job you ever had? The best?

Phone answerer at a newspaper.

Q: What question do you wish you could ask your readers?

How did you get in my house?

Q: What do you know now about publishing that you wished you knew when you were first starting out?

You’ll be doing this for your entire adult life.