“Life’s great lessons are freely offered in the small moments of our everyday, in the people we meet and the places we go.” We love this quote from Billy Coffey, author of The Devil Walks in Mattingly. Read our interview with Billy to learn more. To celebrate the release of The Devil Walks in Mattingly, Billy is giving away a Kindle Fire! Click here to learn more and enter.
What’s your go-to activity to get out of writer’s block?
A good walk is usually enough to snap me out of a writing funk. There are about thirty thousand acres of woods outside my front door; I’ve covered many of those trails over the years in sun and rain and snow. If the weather’s too bad, my backup is (strangely enough) a hot shower. Both have become so reliable that I could probably write both my boots and my water bill off on my taxes.
When you were in kindergarten, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An astronaut. And thirty-five years later, that’s still what I want to be when I grow up.
Favorite ice cream flavor:
Coconut. But only from the ice cream shop by the gas station in town.
If you had an extra room in your house, what would you use it for?
Books. I’ve run out of room in my office and have resorted to stacking them on the floor.
What is the farthest place from home you’ve ever been?
Nearly eighteen years ago, my wife and I honeymooned in Key West. That remains the farthest place from home I’ve ever been. It was a fantastic trip and I’d go again in a second. That said, I tend to get a little itchy if I stray too far from my mountains.
What book are you currently reading?
I’m reading three right now—The Goldfinch, by Donna Tart; A Prayer Journal, by Flannery O’Connor; and Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness, by Eric Metaxas.
If you were a given a gift card to any restaurant, where would you want to eat?
The nearest seafood place.
What was the best birthday present you ever received?
When I was twenty-one, my wife (who was then my girlfriend) gave me tickets to watch the Yankees play the Orioles in Baltimore. It was the only time I ever got the opportunity to watch Don Mattingly play in person. He was and remains my baseball hero, as well as the inspiration behind the name of the small town in my stories. I hollered at him during batting practice. He waved. About fifteen years later, he endorsed my first novel.
When do your best ideas come to you? Early morning or late at night?
I’ve always been a night owl. There’s something about the quiet of a dark night that appeals to me, slows me down.
What task do you dread doing each day (or week)?
Getting out of bed. Mostly because of my answer to the previous question.