The revealing Billy Coffey multiple choice interview

Over the past five years, Billy Coffey has done a variety of interviews. In addition to multiple online and print interviews, he has also appeared on the PBS affiliate in Washington, D.C., a morning news show in in Richmond, VA and has participated in a few radio phone interviews. I remember listening to his first on-air live interview when his debut novel, Snow Day came out. The scheduled interviewer had read the book and liked it. Unfortunately, something came up at the last minute and she had to bow out. Instead, the interview was conducted by a guy who knew nothing about the book, Billy or how to conduct an interview. He was clearly unprepared and more than a little distracted. He spent most of the interview talking about himself and at one point, stopped to feed his cat.

Stock image from google images. Not the actual interviewer.

Stock image from google images. Not the actual interviewer.

Yes. You read that right. He fed his cat, which you could hear meowing in the background. Billy was a real pro and tried his best to steer the conversation back to the book, but I swear I haven’t cringed so many times since I heard Roseanne Barr sing the National Anthem.Screen Shot 2014-03-16 at 8.41.52 PM

Aside from that rocky start, I’ve found Billy’s interviews to be interesting and informative. Most tend to focus on story lines and the craft of writing, which makes sense–he’s a writer trying to market his books, after all.

But I thought we would take a little detour from all things literary and writerly and do a little “out of the box” multiple choice Q&A with everyone’s favorite fancy redneck, Billy Coffey.

Bill, (can I call you Bill?) thanks for taking time out of your busy day to answer a few questions here at!

Like I had a choice. I’m busy, so let’s hurry this up. Unlike some people, I have a job.

And don’t ever call me Bill.

I suppose you’re right. Helping make other people’s dreams come true really isn’t a job. It’s more like mission work. It sure pays like mission work. And speaking of me, here’s your first question:


1) Which TV work relationship do you think best reflects our working relationship?

A) Shaun Spencer & Burton Guster from Psych

B) Jack Bauer & Chloe O’Brian from 24

A) Jack Bauer & Chloe O'Brian from 24


C) Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Art Mullen & Deputy Raylan Givens from Justified

Chief Deputy Art Mullen: Just what part of “under investigation” confuses you?
Raylan Givens: So many things confuse me, Art.

D) George Costanza and George Steinbrenner from Seinfeld

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Mr. Steinbrenner: Nice to meet you.
George: Well, I wish I could say the same, but I must say, with all due respect, I find it very hard to see the logic behind some of the moves you have made with this fine organization. In the past 20 years you have caused myself, and the city of New York, a good deal of distress, as we have watched you take our beloved Yankees and reduce them to a laughing stock, all for the glorification of your massive ego!
Mr. Steinbrenner: Hire this man!

E) Dr. Frasier Crane and Agent BeBe Glazer from Frasier

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Bebe: Frasier, we have to talk.
Frasier: Are you aware that you are in the men’s room?
Bebe: Oh, please, if I paid attention to signs with little pictures on them – I would never get a parking space.

F) All of the Above

G) None of the Above

I’ll go with G, assuming that I’m Gus, Chloe, Art, George, and Frasier.


2) You have an irrational fear of

A) The Zombie Apocalypse
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B) Big cities
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C) Eccentric medium Tangina Barrons from the movie Poltergeist
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D) Ice Cream Trucks
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E) All of the Above

F) None of the Above

Are you kidding me? I couldn’t even get through that list without dry heaving. E.


3) When traveling on business, after leaving the airport you typically

A) Check into the hotel, find the nearest Starbucks with wifi, sit down and get some writing done.
Working from Starbucks

B) Hail a taxi and ask the driver to take you to a few local hot spots or points of interest.

C) Look up a few locals and ask them to meet you for lunch or dinner.
Dinner with Friends

D) Go straight to your hotel room, order room service then barricade yourself in your room by pushing the largest piece of furniture you can find up against the door.
Barring the door

E) All of the Above.

F) None of the Above.

D. Isn’t that what everyone does? I mean, come on. It’s THE CITY. If city folks came to where I live, they’d do the same.


4) You’ve written about your father before. Most recently in an article you wrote for The Good Men Project, A Father’s Long Shadow. Which on-screen father/son relationship would you say is most representative of your relationship with your father?

A) Andy Taylor and Opie of The Andy Griffith Show
Andy and Opie

B) Martin and Dr. Frasier Crane of Frasier
Frasier and Martin

C) Jackson and Leroy Jethro Gibbs of NCIS
Gibbs and father

D) Sheriff Buford T. Justice and Junior of Smokey and the Bandit
Buford T. Justice and Junior

E) All of the Above

F) None of the Above

I wish I could say the Gibbs’s, but I could sue the writers of Smokey and the Bandit for basically stealing my childhood story.


I’ve saved the hardest question for last.

5) If you were only allowed to watch three television shows for the rest of your life, but were given access to all episodes, which three would you choose and why?






Person of InterestElementary


The OfficeSeinfeld

Twilight ZoneSherlock

The Andy Griffith ShowJustified

Sweet fancy Moses. Okay—Justified, Castle, Ed, Sherlock, and Frasier. Yes, that’s five instead of three. But that’s what you deserve for not putting any sci-fi AT ALL on that list. No Battlestar Galactica? No Eureka? No Star Trek?

I’m done with this interview.


I suppose I’ll allow the five rather than three, even though in some circles The Twilight Zone and Fringe would be considered sci-fi.

I keep forgetting what a hopeless nerd you are.

NOT Billy as a child. Just a reasonable facsimile.

NOT Billy as a child. Just a reasonable facsimile.

It’s the hat that throws me off, I guess.

Thanks again for taking time for this interview, Billy. And no, you really didn’t have a choice. Now get back to work.


For those of you who are still with us, now is your opportunity to win a signed copy of Billy Coffey’s fourth novel, The Devil Walks in Mattingly. Just leave a comment here. A winner will be chosen at random on Thursday, March 27, 2014.

But wait…there’s more! Win a Kindle HDX from Billy Coffey in “The Devil Walks in Mattingly” Giveaway!

Win a Kindle HDX!
The Devil Walks in Mattingly Billy Coffey

In the meantime, it would be great if you could help get the word out about the book by sharing links via social media, reviews or just good old fashioned word of mouth. I’ve provided some links below:

Billy’s website:
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Twitter: @billycoffey


Facebook Author Page:

Join the Launch Team: Devil Walks in Mattingly Launch Team

Thanks for helping spread the word about Billy’s latest (and greatest, I think), The Devil Walks in Mattingly. I’ll notify the winner via email next Friday.

Good Luck!

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20 Responses to “The revealing Billy Coffey multiple choice interview”

  1. HisFireFly March 20, 2014 at 7:46 am #

    I would love a signed copy to add to my collection!

  2. Barbara Frazier March 20, 2014 at 7:48 am #

    Great interview Katdish! Isn’t he just the cutest thing!!!

    • katdish March 20, 2014 at 7:51 am #

      Thanks, Barb. I’m going to assume you don’t need me to send you a signed copy. You can get one directly from the author.

  3. Maureen March 20, 2014 at 8:00 am #

    Well, dang, girl, that was some interview! I’d never want to make the mistake of calling him “Bill”; could end up in the Hole that way.


  4. Lorianne Frisbie March 20, 2014 at 8:16 am #

    I would love a signed copy! That’s what I do in the big city. 🙂

  5. SimplyDarlene March 20, 2014 at 8:20 am #

    Can you believe there are 20-year olds walking the streets today who’ve never even watched Seinfeld or Fraser? Astonishing.

    I’m really looking forward to the read.

  6. Diana Trautwein March 20, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    LOVE this. And I would have picked the exact same list of 5. Soul mates, I guess.

  7. Stephanie Snedaker March 20, 2014 at 8:16 pm #

    That was really fun to read!

  8. Deborah March 20, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    I would trade my already read copy of The Devil Walks in Mattingly any day for a signed copy!

  9. Ruthie B March 21, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    fun interview…I’m a big fan of his writing!

  10. Sandra Heska King March 21, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    Best. Interview. EVER!

  11. Mary Beth March 21, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

    I read every word Billy Coffey writes, or try my darnedest.

  12. Lynn Mosher March 24, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    LOL As Sandra said…best interview EVER! So fun! Thanks, you two! Will be sharing! Gotta love that Billy-boy! 😉

  13. Ann Wendland March 25, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    Awesome interview with BILL! Look forward to reading the book soon !’

  14. James Williams March 27, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    I’d love to win this. I am reading the book right now, and it’s gripping so far, but I’m not done yet.

    Also, I have a question. I noticed the TV series “Justified” is mentioned above. That’s funny, because I have never ever heard you mention it before. 😉

  15. Patty March 27, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    Fun interview! I would love the chance to read my first book by Billy.

  16. Janet Lyn March 27, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

    One of the snarkiest ~I mean, the best, most fascinating~ author interviews ever. Well played, Katdish.
    And bravo Billy! You will never be just Bill to us.

  17. Billy Coffey March 28, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting, and congratulations to Mary Beth! You are the winner of a signed copy of The Devil Walks in Mattingly. Hope you enjoy the read.


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