About Bryan Gruley
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Caddy. Draftsman. Journalist.
Q. Favorite job
A. Writing fiction.
Q. High school and/or college
A. Detroit Catholic Central High School, the University of Notre Dame.
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Changes a lot, but at the moment, Alejandro Escovedo.
Q. Favorite television show
A. The Sopranos
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Blessed and lucky.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Losing a child.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Words that can't be written on a family website.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Composing music on a piano.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Bringing up our three children.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. My pride.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. The ability to forgive.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Huck Finn.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Darth Vader, of course.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Jesus Christ: Thank you.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Apostrophes used to signify plurals.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Ice hockey.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Left wing alongside Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Humor. Empathy. Passion.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. My mother's pot roast.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. JD Salinger. Ernest Hemingway. Flannery O'Connor. Ron Hansen. Brian Doyle. Michael Connelly. Thomas Harris (early). Mark Twain. Alice Munro.
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Nine Stories by Salinger.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Ass in chair.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. I'm about to find out, I hope.