Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The Fifth Day of Tesseracts: An Interview With Patrick Johanneson
TT:What is your name?
PJ: Patrick Johanneson
TT: What is our current location:
PJ: Brandon, MB
TT: What is the name of your contribution to Tesseracts Fourteen: Strange Canadian Stories?
PJ: "Heat Death" (Tesseracts 14)
TT: What inspired you to write your story?
PJ: I've always been fascinated with end states, entropy, eschatology,
life after death, things like that. I wondered what would happen if
the gods persisted past the end of the human race -- would they
outlast Time itself? What would they talk about, at the cold dead end
of the Universe? And where would the malcontents fit in?
I wrote the story, and edited it quite a lot. I didn't tailor it to
Tesseracts, specifically, but when I saw the call for entries for T14
-- "Strange Canadian Stories" -- I thought I'd give it a shot.
TT: Since this collection is about Strange Canadian Stories, what is one
of the strangest things that has ever happened to you personally?
PJ: When I was eight, we went to the Yukon for a summer trip. I
personally found it very odd, having the sun stay up till midnight,
and rise again about 2 in the morning. (Yeah, my life has been fairly
TT: Do you have a strange question you would like to ask other authors? This question will be part of the Bitten by Books interview on December 2nd/3rd at www.bittenbybooks.com Many of the authors have contributed questions and they will be posted and answered throughout the day during the event.
PJ: What's the oddest dream you've ever had? Why?
TT: Thanks for joining us...
Patrick Johanneson grew up in small-town Canada, and now lives in
small-city Canada. He's an amateur writer, a professional webmonkey,
and a judo instructor. He's been published online in InterText, and on
paper in OnSpec and, now, Tesseracts. Currently he's working on a
handful of projects: one novel about a young man's coming of age on a
backwater colony, one about a time-travel war spanning millions of
years, and one about sailors and the undead -- though, it must be
said, there are no zombies and few pirates in it. He may be found on
the web at http://patrickjohanneson.com/.