MoA&A Interview #29: Rick Novy

Hello, everyone! Welcome to July, and the Month of Artist and Author Interviews here on the website.

Now that we’re nearing the end of the month, I’m going to let a couple of friends sneak through who were interviewed here last year: Rick Novy and Elaine Isaak.

It’s always nice to be able to see how life is progressing with authors you’ve become familiar with, and how they might answer these new questions for 2012. Did they manage to scratch any items off their “Things to do Before They Die” list?

Let’s find out what Rick has to say…


Author or Artist?

Who are your professional role models?
This changes all the time. I keep an eye on what people are doing, and I model myself after things other people do that I think might work for me. David Gerrold has been something of a mentor for many years, though we don’t talk as much as either of us would like. Recently, I’ve take some inspiration from Matt Forbeck and his 12 for 12 campaign (12 novels in 2012).

What’s your favorite writing/sketching weather?
I suppose that because I live in Arizona I should say I enjoy writing in dust storms. In all honesty, I write indoors, so weather doesn’t really make that much difference to me.

Set your current playlist/musical device to “shuffle all” and hit PLAY. What’s the first song that comes up?
Rush – La Villa Strangiato

If you could win any award, which would it be?
Any award would be flattering, but I don’t write with awards as the objective.

Would you rather have magical powers, or a spaceship?
I’ll take the _Arthur_C._Clarke_ with technology so advanced it seems like magic.

What was your favorite book as a child?
As a young child, I loved Where the Wild Things Are.

What thing do you wish you could go back in time and tell your 10-year-old self?
Get focused.

What’s your favorite constellation?
Orion, because so many interesting things are going on in that part of space.

What’s your favorite fairy tale?
The Boy Who Cried Wolf. But that’s Aesop, and Aesop wrote fables. [That’s okay, we’ll accept this one! ~Alethea]

What thing are you most proud of?
Three things, my son and two daughters.

The Colin Harvey Memorial Question: Name 3 things on your List of Things to Do Before You Die.
Still want to help recover an extinct in the wild species using fish I have bred. Other than that, to write things that people enjoy reading, and live a productive life.


Rick Novy is an author, anthologist, engineer, aquarist, mathematician, and cruciverbalist. You can connect with him on Twitter @ricknovy, or at his website: