The Questions with Stu Jenks: writer, photographer & musician (Pt. 1)

Stu Jenks books

I met Stu quite by accident in March of 2011. My sweet hubby took me to Arizona so I could meet one of my very favorite authors, Charles de Lint, at the Tucson Festival of Books. Charles lives in Canada, so it was quite unlikely I’d get to meet him and get his autograph in my books any other way. (I’d met my other very favorite author, Terry Pratchett, in Arizona two years prior to meeting CdL. There must be something in the water. Ahem.)

So, this guy with a giant camera (yes, I have camera envy) was following Charles and his lovely wife MaryAnn around the festival. I said hello. We chatted. (No recollection about what.) We became friends on Facebook. I learned that Stu not only takes photographs, he makes music and writes books (see all them books rotating up there?!? They’re his! That’s a LOT!). My kind of guy.

When I started my blog last August, I sent out messages to a bunch of creative types I know, asking if they’d like to answer The Questions. Stu responded by sending me a box full of books. His books. Signed.

Color me ecstatic.

And they’re awesome! (Links to my reviews are below.)

Stu actually submitted his answers a while ago, but thanks to my …life… you’re getting to read them now. And since he answered more than the required seven questions, you get another special double feature today and tomorrow! (And who can blame him? His kind of awesome isn’t easily bound in just one post.)

The Questions, Part 1

4. What’s the worst meal you’ve ever eaten and where?

I like food a lot, but I had frog legs a while ago at a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco and I didn’t realize they would chop them up, fry them and not take out Kermit’s little bones before hand.

(dSavannah note: eeww. Yuck.)

5. What skill(s) do you wish you’d learned as a kid?

I wish I had practiced more at the piano. And taken grammar a bit more seriously. And I would have liked to have learned how to dribble a basketball behind my back.

(dSavannah note: Me too. | I probably take grammar too seriously. | And I would like to be able to dribble a basketball at all. And so would my dad. I dashed his hopes of having a basketball star in the family by being hopelessly non-athletic.)

6. What do you want on your tombstone?

“To the East, God and Humanness. To the North, Courage and Vulnerability. To the West, Self-Awareness and Forgiveness. To the South, Feelings and Wisdom. To the Sky, the Earth and All There Is. OK, God. Let’s do it.” …can you tell I’ve thought about this?….lol

(dSavannah note: Nah. Also, he told me yesterday: “And I don’t need it on my tombstone now because I put it in the family plot. LOL. In other words, that prayer is already in the Jenks family plot.” So I guess his tombstone will have his name and a spiral.)

7. What was the name of your first pet and what was it?

Chester, and he was my dog. He was the same age as me. He died when I and he were 16 years old.

(dSavannah note: Chester lived a nice long life!)

11. What three items will always be found in your refrigerator?

1/2 and 1/2, Microwavable Macaroni and Cheese, and Balance Bars.

13. Are you a morning person or a night owl?

I’m a night owl due to being a nocturnal photographer, but I love the morning too. I don’t get much sleep.

14. Obviously, as a creative person, every day is different, but what do you find yourself doing every day?

Every day, I’m promoting my work and corresponding with people on the computer. I’m working on photo files. I’m writing at least something for whatever book I’m writing.

18. Your work space: neat or messy?


19. What is one of your pet peeves?

People who park in handicap spaces when they are not.

(dSavannah note: True dat. Even when I’m driving a vehicle with a handicapped sticker, I won’t park in them there spaces.)

20. When did you know you wanted to be a writer/artist?

Shoot, I don’t know. Really, I’ve always been a bit of an odd duck, who made stuff since I was a kid. I guess four years ago, I thought of doing it full time as a job job. But as I’ve said before to friends, if I didn’t make things, I wouldn’t be much fun to be around. Perhaps I would commit crimes. Let’s not find out.

(dSavannah note: Let’s not. Plus, the world would be a much poorer place without your photographs and words.)

About Stu:

Stu Jenks photo by Jeff SmithBorn a son of Virginia, Stu Jenks has lived and worked in the Tucson, Arizona area for almost thirty years. Having first made his name as a nocturnal photographer, Stu now makes photographs and writes stories in the daylight hours as well. He started his own book publishing company, Fezziwig Press, in 2010, where he sells fine art books, novels, museum quality prints and atmospheric music. (You can also find his music and books too, on the iPad, the Kindle, iTunes, the Nook and other digital platforms.)

Stu appears obsessed with spirals, hula hoops, Christmas lights, angel/ghosts, inflatable Bozos, antique baby rocking chairs, and Zippo lighters. He tends to hear voices, though they never tell him to do anything bad. Stu laughs at inappropriate times, and cries joyously almost as often. He will gladly give you a hug.

His photo was taken by Jeff Smith in 2012.

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One Response to The Questions with Stu Jenks: writer, photographer & musician (Pt. 1)

  1. Betsy says:

    What an interesting story of how you met! I love getting to know Stu through the answers…

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