Ben Ditmars is an amazingly talented young writer. I met him on Facebook, and since I read his writing for the first time I knew he was special. You can read my reviews of his books in my Book Reviews section, just clicking on the button you can find in the description of this page. I am glad anytime I happen to meet talented new writers. So get to know him and I dare you not to like him. Enjoy!

Describe yourself. 
I’d like to think I’m a lot of things.  I’m a poet, fiction writer, ocarina player and occasionally a dark wizard.

What is your favourite fruit flavour? 
It really depends on the season.  In the early fall I enjoy apples.  Later in the fall it’s cranberries.  Are berries a fruit?  I’m going with it for now.

What is your favourite day of the week?
I’m a traditional person with this.  My favorite day is Friday.  It’s just exciting.  There’s the excitement of getting off work and looking forward to the weekend.

Which is your favourite time of the day?
Ah, this is a tough one.  I’m a huge insomniac and fiend of the nighttime.  Maybe Midnight?  The energy of the evening is still there and it is technically day in accordance with the question.

Are you a morning person or a night person?
I’m definitely a night person one-hundred percent.  I hate waking up but I’ll stay up all night, even if there’s nothing to do.

What is your favourite breakfast meal?
My favorite is a bagel sandwich from McDonald’s.  I love both varieties.

What is your favourite colour and why?
There’s something about green.  It’s mysterious and natural at the same time.

Which is your most favourite book ever?
I hope people don’t think I’m juvenile for this but the last Harry Potter book really moved me.  I know there’s better written books, but still.  It was the conclusion of a journey I began in my youth and ended in adulthood.  I think with many books we read them for a year or two, complete the series and move on, because it’s already been out.  With Harry Potter, I grew up with Rowling’s stories and her characters.

What kind of music do you like?
I’m a musical polyglot.  I listen to pop, classic rock, classical music, etc. The only genre I cannot get into is newer country.  Johnny Cash, is great.

Which is your favourite genre of films?
I love science fiction and fantasy, as well as comedy.

Which is your most favourite place in this Earth?
There’s a place in Polaris, Ohio I can’t get enough of.  It’s this small strip mall and at night when the lights are on and fountain flows, it’s just mesmerizing.

Which animal would you want to be and why?
I’d like to be a sea turtle, please.  Can you imagine swimming in the current and having a permanent back pack?  I can.

If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?
I would choose J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Allen Poe and Vincent Van Gogh. Think of the conversations and the perspectives on history… Wow, I’m a nerd.

If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for?
I will ask my genie for 1.) My family and friend’s health 2.) To be a rich author who travels the world writing 3.) The power to fly and have no one laugh at my ridiculous superhero costume.

If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive?
Flint; A fishing pole; Books; Books; Books

If you could be anyone, who would you be?

What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself?
I would make myself more confident.

What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?
Rule the world (with love).

What would you do if you won the lottery?
I would donate to all the charities I could, travel the world and build a big house for all my writer friends to come live in.

If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
I would eat a good meal, laugh with friends and find a miracle cure.

Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid?
Decidedly naughty.  I wasn’t always the nicest person.  There’s a lot of things I did and said to people I regret

What was the happiest moment in your life?
Probably earlier this year when I sent out a bunch of signed books people bought.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Hopefully teaching, having written more books and traveled to several new places.

What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done?
I once licked a stranger.  I’m sure that sounds crazy.  A girl had made a bet with her friend she couldn’t get a stranger to lick her face.  So I helped out.  I’m a humanitarian like that.

What is your definition of an incredible weekend?
Reading, writing, a fire with friends

Which is the best holiday you have ever had?
I think it was a tie between many while my grandparents were still alive.  My family used to visit with them and the rest of my mother’s family at Thanksgiving.  We had it in this huge, cozy, warm barn where we played board games and talked.

Have you got a phobia you want to share?
It’s not a phobia I refuse to face but I hate driving on really fast, busy highways.  It really frightens me.

What makes you angry?
Ignorance, rudeness bigotry, hate, computers, the internet not working

What do you do when you feel sad?
I put on some music, maybe light a candle, talk to a friend; maybe a drink or two.

Who or what inspires you?
The people in my life, of course; loves, friends, the indie community.

Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
Thank you so much for the questionnaire and opportunity, Cinta.  I have a collection of short plays titled Ten Minutes in Heaven.  It covers a wide range of topics.  One of my favorites features Edgar Allen Poe and Vincent Van Gogh trying to talk a college freshman out of suicide.  Another is a modern day take off of Macbeth.  Together, there are ten, and it’s a wild ride.


Twitter: @benditty




mardi orlando
10/26/2012 3:35am

Oooh the book sounds intriguing! Thanks Ben and Cinta :)

10/26/2012 6:46am

Hi, Ben! Love the idea of one my favorite painters (I waited in line for five hours when we had 'the' Van Gogh's exhibit in Rome) and one of my favorite writers (read all his work when I was a wee teenager) talking a freshman out of suicide. I'm also with you with the driving thing. And finally, the last Harry Potter was an emotional rollercoaster for me as well :)

10/26/2012 8:00am

Great interview, Cinta.

Ben, I liked your original answers. Good luck with Ten Minutes in Heaven. It sounds interesting.

10/26/2012 8:50am

Awesome interview, Ben! I apologize in advance for my tweet. You shouldn't have tempted me so. :)

Charity Parkerson
10/26/2012 9:04am

I love that you licked a stranger

10/26/2012 10:04am

Thanks everyone for popping over and commenting :D

Kim stapf
10/26/2012 10:21am

Ben, you are awesome, the more I read the more I like. Great page Cinta! I can see you being a rich writer one day, just keep your chin up and pen writing. I have faith...❤❤ had to leave the hearts.

10/26/2012 11:43am

Thanks, Kim!! I can also see Ben being a rich and famous writer one day :D


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