Because we know a great deal is required to make a book. Among the necessary ingredients? Different types of fuel.
This time out we chat with award-winning author, playwright and filmmaker, Mark Leiren-Young. His most recent book, The Killer Whale Who Changed the World, won the Science Writers and Communicators Book Award.
What do you snack on while writing?
On deadline I pretty much run diet cola into my body on an IV drip. And I’m usually on deadline… Yeah, I know, it’s terrible for me, but I make my deadlines, so…
Do you consider your snacking to be mostly under control or mostly out of control?
Out of control was when the addictions were non-diet cola and pizza. I think I’m doing okay right now since I can and do switch to less toxic beverages when I’m not on deadline.
The Killer Whale Who Changed the World (Greystone).
Tell us about the book briefly.
It’s a real-life science fiction story about first contact with an alien species and how that transformed our world.