Interview with John Mantooth

John Mantooth’s story, Litany, appears in the Spring 2006 issue of Shimmer. Send him e-mail!

Questions about the story:

Where did the idea for Litany come from?
From driving a school bus and realizing how much would be lost if I made a mistake.

How did the story change as you developed it?
It took awhile for me to get the point of view right. I went from straight first person to straight second person. I finally settled on a strange, conversational version that incorporated both.

How is this story like your other work? How is it different?
This story is unlike much of my other work because it reads just like the title suggests: like a litany or a prayer. The whole story is basically a conversation with God.

Questions about writing:

Who do you write for? Yourself or someone else?
For both reasons. But ultimately, it’s something that I am compelled to do.

What writing projects are you presently working on?
I’m preparing for the Borderlands Boot Camp in Baltimore this August.

What time of day do you prefer to do your writing?
Whenever I have a moment to sit down, I try to take advantage.

Favorite book read when you were a child?
That’s hard to narrow down. I’ll name a few that come to mind right off: James and the Giant Peach, The Secret Garden, Watership Down, The Chronicles of Narnia, etc.

Random Questions:

Watch much TV?
I don’t have cable. Otherwise, I’d be a basketball junkie.

Cat or dog person? (or something else, like birds, iguanas, or even evil robot monkeys?)
Dogs. Definitely dogs.

If you had a working time machine what advice would you give a younger self?
Start writing at twelve. Don’t wait until you are thirty.

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