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Q & A


Q: Does Paul read the email sent to him?
A: I do. I employ Lloyd Carpaltunnel, a former circus geek and current Civil War reenactor to cull through all email, removing any bot-created links, porn site suggestions, and cries for financial help from Princes detained in 4th world countries. The rest is all forwarded on to me.


Q: How do I get an agent?
A: The answer to this and other queries can be found at the WritersDesk.


Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: The muse. He is a large, black Newfoundland dog who talks, though he struggles with syntax. I never know when he'll show or for how long he'll stay.


Q: What's your favorite book of all-time?
A: Lonesome Dove.


Q: Are you ever going to write a book yourself?
A: What are you, my mother?


Q: What is a typical day like for a television writer?
A: Click here.


Q: Who are your favorite authors?
A: I think James Lee Burke is possibly the finest living author we have. Blake Edwards made me want to write screenplays. Others who inspire me are Graham Greene, Flannery O'Conner, Frank Pierson, John D. MacDonald, and James M. Cain. Contemporaries who amaze me are David Chase, Steve Zaillian, Tony Gilroy, Don Winslow, Scott Rosenberg, the Hall sisters, the Coen brothers, David Simon, Vince Gilligan, the list goes on.


Q: Who is the most overrated running back in the history of the NFL?
A: Emmitt Smith.


Q: Got a favorite bible verse?
A: Romans 8:28 or Ephesians 6:13.


Q: Is there any sports franchise you hate more than Real Madrid?
A: Umm... no.


Q: What is the average gestation period for the pigmy hedgehog?
A: About seven weeks.