Author Revealed

About Charity Tahmaseb

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 7/11

Q. Previous occupations

A. Corn on the cob selector (really!), camp counselor, Army officer, technical writer

Q. Favorite job

A. This one, right now, author.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Mankato West (Go Scarlets!) and the University of Wisconsin, Madison (Go Badgers!)

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff

Q. Favorite movie

A. Casablanca, Band of Brothers

Q. Favorite television show

A. Firefly

Revealing Questions

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

A. Soldier girl settles down, writes books, loves kids.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. It's the journey, not the destination

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Knowing what you have when you have it.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Other than public speaking? That something might happen to my kids.

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

A. London, or the beach, doing something fun with my kids.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. So. Yeah. Totally. Dude.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. That I didn't make the most of college until my last year.

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

A. I'd love to be able to sing, on key.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Publishing a book, jumping out of airplanes.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm painfully shy.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I'm organized

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Elizabeth Bennet

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

A. Jane Austen. I'm not sure I'd say much of anything; I think I'd just like to listen and learn.

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

A. Reading, walking, travel.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Singer (see above), figure skater, synchronized swimmer

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

A. Honesty, integrity, sense of humor

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

A. Either grilled cheese sandwiches or mac 'n cheese

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. All These Things That I Have Done, The 1812 Overture, Where The Streets Have No Name, In God's Country, Vida la Vida

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Jane Austen, Deb Caletti, Anton Chekhov, Markus Zusak, Sarah Dessen.

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

A. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, The Book Thief, The Great Gatsby, The Master and Margarita.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby

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

A. Read a lot, write a lot, and love both.

Q. How did you come to write The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading?

A. I wanted to write the book I wanted to read when I a teen, only updated for the 21st century. Writing and working on it with Darcy made the experience that much better.

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