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About Chris L. Demarest

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 4/18

Q. Previous occupations

A. House painter

Q. Favorite job

A. Doing patient portraits in the children's unit

Q. High school and/or college

A. Amherst Regional High School (Amherst MA) and U. of Mass.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Lennon and McCartney

Q. Favorite movie

A. Flight of the Phoenix w/ Jimmy Stewart

Q. Favorite television show

A. The Dog Whisperer

Revealing Questions

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

A. My life has always been about taking risks

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Change is good.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness, for me, comes when one is doing what they want for a career, accepting that things in life can't always be controlled and to accept those bumps in the road as challenges, not obstacles.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Not living up to my potential.

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

A. Where my son is.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Charlie Chaplin

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Barack Obama

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Hope" and "just"

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Letting fear dictate my earlier life

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

A. To see calm in the midst of chaos.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Learning to listen to others.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Putting myself first.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Empathy

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

A. I would be the ocean, for all it holds.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My willingness to smile and accept people for whom they are.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Mighty Mouse

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Snidely Whiplash

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

A. Helen Keller. Where did you find the strength to overcome your blindness and fears?

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Intolerance and greed

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

A. Flying with medical evacuation teams.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Documenting exciting careers.

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

A. Kindness, empathy and loving

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

A. Pasta in all forms

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. One of Us by Joan Osborne. Help!, Yesterday, You've Got To Hide Your Love Away and Here Comes The Sun by the Beatles and Viva La Vida by Coldplay

Q. How did you come to write Firefighters A To Z?

A. Focusing on the adventure books, I've always admired those people who choose interesting (and sometimes dangerous) careers. Becoming a volunteer firefighter helped open this door. While researching the USCG book, Mayday!Mayday!, I became an official artist for the Coast Guard and got to experience their work in the Persian Gulf. That was certainly a high point in my career.

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