My name is Conor Dempsey. I am a writer living in Chicago, one of the nicest cities in the world for the five days of summer we are given. I write science fiction for the most part. I am repped by Kaylee Davis of Dee Mura.
Want to know more about me? Well, how about perusing this nice Faqs section?
Is Conor P. Dempsey a pseudonym for something else? Also, are you Canadian?
No and no.
Why do you use your middle initial for your pen name? Is that pretentious? It is kind of pretentious, isn’t it?
Whoa, slow down there. I use my middle initial because the guy who owned Conordempsey.com wouldn’t sell it to me. So, I decided to use my middle initial P, which stands for Patrick. And yes, I suppose if I wanted to, I could go by Patrick Dempsey and would have pizzas delivered to my house quicker than normal.
What is your writing style like?
I would hesitate to draw comparisons to other more superior authors, but I guess when all is said and done, I feel like my writing is heavily influenced by Ray Bradbury, Douglas Adams and Michael Crichton.
If you were to fabricate an absurd sub-genre of science fiction that your book would fall into, what would it be?
It’s a science fiction thriller with dystopian undertones and light smatterings of humor. I plan to be the new #1 selling author in this fabricated sub-genre because I made it up and by default claim the top spot. I’m sure once Stephen King becomes aware of my made up genre, he will oust me in a matter of weeks.
Is there a chance I won’t like your book?
I sure hope not, but it’s entirely possible. I spent a lot of time on it though and I hope you enjoy it. But do not despair if you don’t like it, part of my dream of becoming a writer includes instances of being slandered anonymously on Amazon. Really, all that I ask from you if you don’t like my book is that if we ever meet in real life, you don’t throw my book or your Kindle at my head (Be warned. I may keep Kindles thrown at me and sell them for spare parts).
Are you working on another book?
Yes. As commissioned, I am currently ghostwriting your autobiography.
How is that possible?
I don’t know, but it’s happening. Don’t worry, I am being very complimentary. I left out that part where you shut down that orphanage.
Uh, thanks. But really, what will your next book be about?
Time travel … or a shark, or possibly a time traveling shark.
Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Hunger Games or Twilight?
In descending order. Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, then Hunger Games. Sparkling vampires isn’t quite my thing, but to each their own.
What are your five favorite books?
Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (my favorite book of all time), Hitchitcker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (the funniest book of all time), Martin Eden by Jack London (the book that made me want to be a writer), Redwall by Brian Jacques (my favorite book as a kid) and one of those books that John Steinbeck wrote.
You can also follow me on twitter @ConorPDempsey.