Barry Lyga spent his youth immersed in the world of comics. He worked at Diamond Comic Distributors for ten years before he turned his attentions to the world of YA literature. In 2006, he published his first young adult novel, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth girl, a story about a lovable comic book geek. Since then, he has gone on to publish Boy Toy (2007), Hero-Type (2008), Goth Girl Rising (2009), and most recently Archvillain #1 (2010). Read on as Figment asks Barry some very profound, life-defining questions.
Do you capitalize and punctuate your text messages?
I used to be really anal-retentive about that. These days, I just let my phone fix whatever it wants to fix.
Do you have a favorite word?
Yes! I love the word “coruscate.” Look it up. Whenever I write a book, I always try to use it, but it’s sort of specialized, so I don’t get the chance to bust it out all that often.
If you had to describe yourself using inanimate objects, which ones would you choose?
Probably something Apple built. 🙂
Who is your fictional crush?
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I fell in love with Kyra when I wrote my first book. Is it OK to have a crush on a character I created?
What’s your favorite conspiracy theory?
I absolutely LOVE conspiracy theories! Did you know that the site of JFK’s assassination was also the site of the first Masonic temple in Dallas? Spooky, huh? Anyway, my favorite conspiracy theory is probably the one that says that human beings were “seeded” on earth by aliens to provide a future “crop” they could harvest for their own nefarious purposes. If you really believe that one, then I imagine getting cut off on the freeway just doesn’t seem like that big a deal any more, eh?
What’s your favorite font?
It’s bizarre that I actually have one, but… New Century Schoolbook. It’s superficially similar to Times New Roman, but it’s a little larger and easier on the eyes when you’re sitting at a keyboard all day. The two programs I do 99% of my writing in are set up to default to 12-point New Century Schoolbook.
What were you like in high school?
Ha! Just read my first book…
Who’s your favorite villain?
As a kid, I was a big fan of the Flash, so I always had a soft spot for his archnemesis, the Reverse-Flash. Cool costumes, interesting origin, and a totally bloodthirsty nutjob!