With the recent release of the fabulous second book in the Demi-Monde series, The Demi-Monde: Spring, by Rod Rees we’ve got a sharp and very funny Q&A with the man himself (as well as an in-depth interview coming later in the week so keep an eye out). On your marks, get set, go!
Where were you born?
Rod Rees: Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Great place to grow up in and a great place to grow out of.
What’s your comfort food?
Rod Rees: Brie.
What’s your favourite tipple?
Rod Rees: A good Merlot (tho’ if I’m pushed, a bad Merlot).
What superpower would you want / which superhero would you be?
Rod Rees: I always thought ‘The Metal Men’ were one of DC’s best superhero teams (they lasted about a dozen episodes which shows how much I know about comics) so I guess I’d be an alloy . . . a combination of irascible Mercury and reliable Iron . . . which I guess makes me Meronic.
Dog or cat?
Rod Rees: Neither: they’re both a waste of space.
What keeps you sane?
Rod Rees: My wife Nelli and a copious intake of psychotropics, tho’ the implication that I’m insane makes me really MAD!
What scares you?
Rod Rees: Politicians and surveillance: separately but worst of all together
Beaches or adventure?
Rod Rees: Life’s a beach.
What’s your holiday read?
Rod Rees: I’m not big on holidays, I like to travel with a purpose. Currently my not-on-holiday read is AC/DC: The Savage Tale of the First Standards War. Fascinating.
What is the best present you’ve ever received?
Rod Rees: Life.
What have you learned about yourself as you’ve got older?
Rod Rees: That I’m nearer death.
What would people be surprised to discover about you?
Rod Rees: How sweet and fluffy I really am.
Sweet or savoury?
Rod Rees: Savoury (though I can be a Cookie Monster)
What is your favourite sport?
Rod Rees:I follow Tottenham Hotspur but that’s not so much a sport as practice for purgatory.
What is your favourite way to travel?
Rod Rees: Cheap, quick, uncrowded . . . walking.
Would you rather read the book or watch the film?
Rod Rees: I LOVE movies. It’s important to appreciate that a film is a different art form to a book so it’s invidious to compare them. That said I’ve only ever seen two films where the screenplay transcended the source material: ‘Twelve Angry Men’ and ‘The Prestige’.
Sarkozy or Obama?
Rod Rees: Anybody who has ambitions to be a politician is by definition flawed . . . like Sarkozy and Obama.
Night in or night out?
Rod Rees: Both can be good, it’s just that one requires fewer clothes.
What are you currently listening to?
Rod Rees: Ellie, my daughter, bossing people about in the kitchen. She’s good at that (and cooking)!
Armani or JD Sports?
Rod Rees: Can’t afford one and dislike the other.