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P.N. Elrod
conducted by Toni Weisskopf
September 2004

TW: How did you get started writing? Any specific influences?

PNE: Some things are best lost in the mists of time. I read a lot, watched a LOT of old movies and read some more, usually Tolkien, A.C. Doyle, Bradbury, H.G. Wells, Raymond Chandler & Dashiell Hammett.
TW: What are some of the best perks of being a science fiction writer?
PNE: Getting into conventions for free!
TW: Do you have any favorites among your characters?
PNE: Ask a mom which is her favorite kid.

TW: What was the first sf story you ever read?

PNE: Don't recall exactly which collection came first but it was by Ray Bradbury.

TW: Who are some of your favorite non-sf authors?

PNE: Dick Francis, Chandler, Hammett, Janet Evanovich.

TW: Who would you like to see play your series hero (if app.) in a movie?

PNE: For Richard Dun? I'll let Nigel answer to that one! For Jack Fleming in The Vampire Files? Vincent Ventresca.

TW: What invention or scientific leap in understanding would you most like to see made in your lifetime?

PNE: Cold fusion as seen in Back to the Future.
TW: If you could go back to one incident in all of history to watch as a spectator what would it be?
PNE: Broadway in the early '40s so I could see Boris Karloff playing Jonathan Brewster in Arsenic & Old Lace.

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