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.
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.
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 katdish.net!
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
C) Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Art Mullen & Deputy Raylan Givens from Justified
D) George Costanza and George Steinbrenner from Seinfeld
E) Dr. Frasier Crane and Agent BeBe Glazer from Frasier
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
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
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?
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?
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.
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.
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