Joseph McDermott

Man in the Mountain, fiction, Dec 1, 2007

Birthdate? 12/17/1979

When and what and where did you first get published? I went to a private Catholic school for 7th-12th graders. I got a story in the high school literary
magazine when I was in the 8th grade. I was the
youngest "author" present in the issue.

Why do you write? As a profession, it beats digging a ditch. Pays about the same, though.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? I prefer to write the truth, and doing so in such a limited form of expression as words requires bending
the real into a dream.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? My answer changes every twenty minutes. Halldor Laxness' Iceland's Bell was the last book I read. I liked it.

What are you trying to say with your fiction? What do you think I'm trying to say with my fiction?

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? It would be blank. I have nothing to say in death that I didn't say first in life. I don't give a damn what people think about my bones. 

Do you blog? Where?

J M McDermott's first novel, Last Dragon, will be in stores in February 2008 from Wizards of the Coast's new Discoveries imprint. It is currently up for pre-sale at fine bookstores everywhere. J M lives in Texas near a river with his sister's cats.