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20 questions and a selfie: A day in the life of food fabulist Eric Johnson

For this installment of “20 Questions and a Selfie,” we catch up with Eric Johnson, author of the funnest food fables, poems and short stories you’ve ever read.

Stuff like …

 Buzzy Brown came home from town
As crazy as a loon,
He wore a purple overcoat
And sang a Sunday tune.
Buzzy Brown came home from town
As proud as he could be,
He found three doughnuts and a bun
A-growing on a tree.

Pair that with an entertaining tale of the origin of doughnuts, then add a mouthwatering recipe for those beloved, tasty pastries, and you have a prize dish in our cookbook.

You can connect with Eric on Twitter @authoreejohnson and on his blog,

Our 20 questions with Eric start now:

1) What is your full name (middle name optional)?

Eric Johnson

2) What is your professional job title?


3) Describe your organization.

I have always told stories, I call them, tall tales if you will.

4) Describe your surroundings right now.

House full of kids doing homework.

5) What was your first paid writing gig?

I self published.

6) What was the last thing you wrote?

A cook book for nanowrimo “Tales From The Cook: Rhymes & Recipes” I won.

7) What is the next thing you plan to write?

My third novel ‘The Monster A Child Knows Best’

8) Finish this sentence: The ideal way to start my day is …


9) Besides your computer, what is sitting on your desk right now?

I solely use my Ipad. Desktops are clutter.

10) So-called writer’s block is no match for you! What is your antidote?

A walk around the block.

11) Finish this sentence: I hate it when I read …

I tell you what I like, action stories, technical manuals, folklore and mythology.

12) What are the most important tools, programs and systems you use for your work?

Text editor.

13) First book that comes to mind? Go!

American Foodways by Charles Camp

14) What are your favorite smartphone apps and why?

I prefer naps over apps.

15) What have you always wanted to write?

When Lavamen from Mercury that feed on mothers love invade, only one third grader and the class mascot can stop them.

16) What is your advice for aspiring professional writers?

Write, write, write and never take no for an answer

17) First famous writer who comes to mind? Go!

Larry Niven

18) Finish this sentence: My favorite thing about being a writer is …

discovering what characters will do next.

19) Pencil versus pen—who wins and why?

The Pencil, premium cedar latex free, #1 graphite, smooth easy writing.

20) Finish this sentence: One word or phrase people will never read in my writing is …

I can’t answer that. I am a shameless hack with no qualms about cliche.

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