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Dan LyonsDescribe your latest project.
My latest book is called Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs. It's a humorous novel set in Silicon Valley and draws on the world created in my blog, The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs. I started the blog as a lark in the summer of 2006. Today it has more than 1 million readers from around the world. In addition to riffing on tech news I use the blog to tell made-up stories about Steve Jobs and his pals in the Valley, like Larry Ellison of Oracle and Bono of U2. I've been covering Silicon Valley as a reporter for the past 20 years and I find it really fascinating, full of wild, larger-than-life characters. I've always thought it was great material for satire or parody, and at last I've had a chance to take a crack at it.
When I'm writing fiction, I always want to find out what happens next. And I'm pretty good about sitting down each morning and working. I like the work. I carry the book around in my head even when I'm not writing, and I jot lots of little notes to myself. At night I'll go to sleep thinking about what I'm going to work on in the morning. So I get up ready to get cracking. The material is already there in my head; I just need to get it down on the page. Or the screen, actually. With my new book I was operating under a very tight deadline. I sold a proposal in February and needed to write the entire book by May 1. That's not really inspiration as much as motivation; but the two aren't so different.
Describe your favorite childhood teacher and how that teacher influenced you.
Chess or video games?
What do you do for relaxation?
What's your favorite Blog right now?
What new technology do you think may actually have the potential for making people's lives better?
If you could be reincarnated for one day to live the life of any scientist or writer, who would you choose and why?
What was your best subject in high school? Your worst?
What are some of the things you'd like your computer to do that it cannot now do?
By the end of your life, where do you think humankind will be in terms of new science and technological advancement?
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Fake Steve Jobs (a.k.a. Dan Lyons) is an award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction with something of an insider's knowledge of the high-tech industry. He decided to use his powers for good by starting up the wildly popular blog The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs, which created the persona and voice for this novel.