I did an interview with a student who was doing a biography report on me. He was business-like and well prepared, beginning with the usual questions, such as How many books have you written? How long does it take you to write a book?
After six or seven such queries, he asked, “Do you like pancakes?” I started to laugh as I replied, “I LOVE pancakes, especially blueberry pancakes.”
He recorded my answer, then went right back to questions about books, and concluded the interview. I’m sure the pancake question will be the most interesting part of his report. It’s a good reminder to the writers out there: to keep things interesting, surprise the reader now and then.