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Terry Pratchett

answers the Usual Questions

Terry Pratchett at Aussiecon 3, photograph by Richard Hryckiewicz

Terry Pratchett at Aussiecon 3, photograph by Richard Hryckiewicz

Ali first met Terry Pratchett lurking about a word processing web site. It took a bit for her to realise why his name looked so familiar, but then when you're a data junkie it sometimes takes a while to connect the data dots.

So, is Terry the person as, um, interesting a person, as his writing suggests? Judge for yourselves... Terry Pratchett answered these questions for us when he was interviewed, see our feature

Do you have a favourite author or book (or writer or film or series) that has influenced you or that you return to?

Not a favourite. Videos are piled around the TV, books around the bed. G. K. Chesterton is admired, but there are several dozen authors - Carl Hiassen is a newcomer to the list - that I'll go back and read for pleasure

Who is the person you would most like to be trapped in a lift with? or a spaceship?

In a life? A lift repair man. In a spaceship, anyone who knows how to land the thing. Let's be practical here.

What would you pack for space? (Is there a food, beverage, book, teddy bear, etc that you couldn't do without?)

Practically anything with a QWERTY keyboard. Sad, isn't it?

What is the most important thing you would like to get/achieve from your work?

I genuinely can't answer. I don't get introspective about writing; I've done it one way or another for all of my adult and a lot of my teenage life. There is a satisfaction, but it's a diffuse and wily thing which is never in the place where I'd pin it down. I can't envisage not writing.

autograph, signature of Terry Pratchett

submitted by Ali Kayn

Reproduced from the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Fan Resource Book
© Ali Kayn 1997 All rights reserved

See also: Featured interview
Terry Pratchett Discworld Series
For other answers to The Usual Questions Click here

Just the facts:
Born: 28 April 1948, Beaconsfield U.K.
Died: March 12, 2015, Broad Chalke, U.K.
Bibliography/Awards: see his web site

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