Owen M. Smith, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Classical Studies at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. His current research involves applying the tools of classical myth analysis to modern literary mythoi such as Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos. He has taught philosophy courses on mysticism, Hermeticism, and Gnosticism, as well as study-abroad courses in Greece. He and his wife Anne enjoy doing creative work while sitting in their living room, surrounded by books, cats and candles (a combination that requires diligent monitoring). They have been married for 27 years and have an adult son, Emrys.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
The Enormous Egg.
What’s your favorite line from a book?
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” (Through the Looking Glass)
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
Lovecraft, Euripides, and Lao-Tzu.
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
I relish the opportunity to be creative.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
Learn another language. It will help you understand English better and it will provide you with an entirely new way of looking at the world and expressing your ideas.