1. Which of your characters would you most like to meet in real life?
Hmm, that's a tough one. I don't think I could pick only one.
Even though she'd almost certainly arrange for me to meet with some horrible accident, I couldn't pass up a chance to meet Gretel, the precognitive sociopath from the Milkweed Triptych books. Just to see her in action. (Though, if she gave me _that smile_, I'd know I was really in for it.)
I'd also love to meet Bayliss from SOMETHING MORE THAN NIGHT. Just to listen to his bargain-basement Philip Marlowe patter. On the other hand, as angels go, Molly Pruett is a little more relatable.
2. What question do you wish that you would get asked in an interview
about your literary work?
I have to admit I particularly like the idea of a question where my writing is referred to as "literary work" ;-) Seriously, though, I guess I'm usually happy, when doing an interview, if "How did you come up with this idea?" isn't on the list, or at least if it's turned around in an interesting way.
There's a small thing that crosses over between the first and third Milkweed Triptych books (BITTER SEEDS and NECESSARY EVIL), which took a fair bit of advanced planning, which nobody appears to have noticed. (Or if they have, they perhaps found it beneath mentioning!) To be fair, it's pretty small, and the books did come out years apart, as trilogies tend to do. But I hope someday somebody notices it, and if they do, I hope they enjoy it.
3. Has your partner had to knock the DYI brain enhancer off your head
with a broomstick yet?
You know, your question made me realize that right after ConFusion I totally forgot about that tDCS rig. I think that was Sara's intent; she organized the office so our books are categorized. Which is great. When she did that, though, the "brain zapper", as she likes to call it, got shelved in a closed cabinet. She knows that I forget stuff if it's not right in front of me. And now she's in Chicago (a play that she wrote is going into rehearsals there) so I won't have a chance to try some home neuro-experimentation until she's back. Since I *did* promise to only do it when she's here with a broom at the ready...
Thanks again to Ian Tregillis for taking the time to answer my questions. You should really visit his website. It has some wonderfully disturbing imagery!
Books by Ian available on Amazon:
The Milkweed Triptych books: Bitter Seeds, The Coldest War, Necessary Evil
Something More Than Night
What Doctor Gottlieb Saw: A Tor.Com Original
Ian has also been featured in Apex Magazine and The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 5.