Author Revealed

About Bethany Maines

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 5/8

Q. Previous occupations

A. Bouncer, illustrator, secretary for an On-site Sewage Association

Q. Favorite job

A. Graphic Designer

Q. High school and/or college

A. Western Washington University

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Robbie Williams

Q. Favorite movie

A. Clue

Q. Favorite television show

A. Firefly

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. red head, black belt, white paper

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. It's a matter of who wants what the worst.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Happiness is a nap after a long run while sunlight pours through the floor to ceiling windows, a Rottweiler snores on the floor, a kitty sleeps on my foot, and Ray LaMontagne plays on the stereo.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. that I'm not succeeding as a human being

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Depends on who I could take with me and what the airfare currently costs

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. the women whose names get forgotten

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Jon Stewart

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. hilarious! And of course the old stand by, "like"

Q. What do you regret most?

A. When I have acted without thinking and hurt someone

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. singing

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. fighting the losing battle against my own nature

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. hubris

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Survey says: my democratic nature

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Shaq - I want to know how it feels to be that big

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. my brown hair

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Catwoman, Eowyn, the Dread Pirate Roberts

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Lady MacBeth

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I wouldn't mind meeting Cleopatra; I would ask her how she can re-incarnate as so many people at the same time.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. filling out paperwork

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. karate

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Captain of a Starship

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty, Intelligence, Strength

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Soup

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Rock DJ - Robbie Williams, Have a Good Time - Paul Simon, Wandering Star - Portishead, Jump Around - House of Pain, Love You Didn't Do Right - Rosemary Clooney

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Stephen Brust Anne McCaffrey Dick Francis Terry Pratchett Georgette Heyer Patricia C. Wrede M.M. Kaye

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. The Lord of the Rings The Blue Castle Guards! Guards! The Blue Sword The Ordinary Princess

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. The Ordinary Princess

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Write for yourself first and write everyday.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. That was funny.

Q. How did you come to write Bulletproof Mascara?

A. I was faced with woman who wanted me to sell cosmetics. She seemed really happy - she had lots of teeth anyway - and slightly... militant. And I thought, "she kind of reminds me of Frau Farbissina – the founder of the militant wing of the Salvation Army, from Austin Powers." And a second later that I heard the little voice in the back of my head that says bad things: “What if Mary Kay had a militant wing?” Sadly, I have a hard time resisting that voice. And thus Carrie Mae, international at home cosmetics sales giant and espionage organization, was born.

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