About Brian Farrey
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. I've been a stock boy, a waiter, a promotions producer, a theatre director, a bookseller, a publicist, and an editor.
Q. Favorite job
A. It would be a tie between my current job as an editor and my previous job as a book publicist.
Q. High school and/or college
A. I graduated from Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids, got a BA from the University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point, and an MFA from Hamline University in St. Paul.
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. I love the work of Alan Menken.
Q. Favorite movie
A. My favorite movie of all time is A FISH CALLED WANDA. It never fails to make me laugh.
Q. Favorite television show
A. Tie between DOCTOR WHO and BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE.
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Blessed in ways I often fail to recognize.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. My motto changes daily as I try to meditate on something new every day.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Unjust accusations.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Scotland, roaming in the heather of the Highlands.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. I'm often fascinated with Orson Welles.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Corny as it sounds, I most admire my husband for his kindness, generosity, and ability to empathize.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. When I write, I end up editing out about 7,000 instances of "just" throughout.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not going abroad until I was in my 30s.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I'd love to be able to play the piano.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Not passing out at my wedding.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Occasional inability to focus and my-- Oooh! Look! Shiny!
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I like to think it's my sense of humor.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. Time Lord
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I hate to admit it but I tend to revel in a bit of sarcasm and I think it's something people notice. You know, the more questions I answer, the less I like me.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. The Doctor from DOCTOR WHO
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Oooh, I think I have to go with Darth Vader, mainly because he's a tragic villain. You can almost feel sorry for him.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Again, I have to go with Orson Welles. Mainly, I'd ask him to help me separate fact from fiction in regards to the stories about his life. Sadly, I feel Orson would delight in not only keeping the truth to himself but in adding to the myths and confusing me even more.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. At the risk of being loathed, I'm a stickler for spelling and punctuation so 3/4 all blog posts, tweets, and e-mails drive me nuts.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. I love my work as an editor. I get to work with some amazingly talented writers.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Time Lord
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. A sense of humor, kindness, and empathy.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Probably Cornish pasties.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. No idea. If we go by the most played on my iPod, it would be (in descending order): Theme from the British TV Show BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, "My Eyes" from Dr. Horrible, "I Am The One" from NEXT TO NORMAL, "Go Mad" by Caleb Kane, and "Hard" by Gregory Douglass.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. I really admire the works of David Almond, Jonathan Stroud, Jonathan Safran Foer, Judy Blume, Frances Hardinge, Catherine Fischer, and JK Rowling.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Evil question. I'll go with KIT'S WILDERNESS by David Almond, ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, HAPPINESS by Will Ferguson, LUST by Geoff Ryman, and TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING by Judy Blume.
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Every year, I re-read THE WESTING GAME.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. The first draft should NEVER be your last draft.