Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April A to Z - Z is for Zach Weinersmith

Hello all!  We have come to the end of this year's challenge.  I hope you've enjoyed it.  We will finish off with Zach Weinersmith, author of the awesome Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic and writer of two spoof science fiction gamebooks, Trial of the Clone  (which is also an app from Tin Man Games) and Trial of the Clone 2:  Wrath of the Pacifist.  Here we have Zach's interview....

Why did you decide to write a gamebook?

My publisher suggested it, and it was something I'd enjoyed doing as a kid.

Where did you get your inspiration for your gamebooks?

The old Lone Wolf series by Joe Dever.

What is your favourite gamebook?

The same.

What makes a gamebook stand out for you?

I think they're more fun than regular CYOA books because they're interactive.

What was the hardest thing about writing your gamebooks?

Making sure nothing is broken.

What was the most exciting thing about writing your gamebooks?

Trying to come up with cute new mechanisms.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to write a gamebook?

Use Twine. I tried drawing the whole thing out on paper for my first book, which was a big mistake.

Will you be writing any more gamebooks?

Not at the moment.

what other projects do you have in the pipeline?

I'm working on some non-CYOA fiction projects.

What is your wish for gamebooks?

I wish they were easier to write!

So there we go.  I hope that you have had a great April!  I'll post a reflections post next week, but it's been a blast and I hope to see you next year.

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