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About Chris Lynch

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 7/2

Q. Previous occupations

A. Furniture mover/truck driver, house painter, proofreader.

Q. Favorite job

A. I could not have a more perfect job for me than writer.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Catholic Memorial H.S., Boston University, Suffolk University, Emerson College

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Impossible. But my favorite "literary" musical composer is Randy Newman. His songs are lyrical, resonant short stories.

Q. Favorite movie

A. Midnight Cowboy

Q. Favorite television show

A. The Simpsons

Revealing Questions

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

A. Dead lucky to have the job I have.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Look for humor, find life.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Without question, perfect happiness includes a steady diet of humor. I am pathologically addicted to the hearty laugh, and spend much of my life in pursuit of it. Probably, the midst of a genuine, helpless fit of laughter is the point of emotional nirvana for me. On a broader level, I have found my periods of deepest satisfaction were when my kids were younger, I was totally consumed in taking care of them every day, and my writing life was going really well too. That feeling of having a strong sense of purpose every day, feeling that purpose is a mighty one (thank you, George Bernard Shaw), and feeling that you are doing a pretty good job of it all, that state is pretty hard to top. These days, my kids are at the point of not really needing me as much as I would like them to. That has, frankly been a tough adjustment for me. But adaptation is probably life's most useful skill.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Anything deadly befalling my children.

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

A. A modest little house on a modest, remote little beach (New England coast, thank you), where I could hear pounding surf most of the time..

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Muhammad Ali

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Certain swear words. Intellectually childish and lazy on my part.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. I wish I approached my adolescence more like Ferris Bueller did.

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

A. A genuine grasp of music, almost any instrument would do.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I tend to let my appetites make decisions for me.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I adapt, eventually, to most realities.

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

A. A dolphin. Is there any creature on earth that seems to be enjoying itself more than the dolphin?

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I'm a goof, a high percentage of the time.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. There is no definitive here, but I do love Hellboy's attitude.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. The artist Damien Hirst, who qualifies by managing to be both artistically nonexistent and vile at the same time.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Lots, but I'll pick one. Poor manners behind the wheel. Why does driving give people license to be flaming butts?

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

A. Tough one. An evening of theatre and a restaurant is a pretty fine occupation.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I'd love to run a publication like The Onion.

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

A. Sense of humor. Strong work ethic. Personal responsibility.

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

A. Fettucini Alfredo, laced with spinach and smoked salmon, and absolutely bombarded with garlic.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Monstrously unfair question. Answer would change daily. Right now: Jessica by the Allman Brothers; One Week by Barenaked Ladies; No Surrender by Bruce Springsteen; Diamonds and Rust by Joan Baez; Promised Land by Chuck Berry

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Fitzgerald, Vonnegut, Joan Didion, Richard Ford, Pete Dexter, Arthur Miller, Tennesee Williams, Samuel Beckett. As of now.

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

A. Play it as it lays, Joan Didion. Stay here with me, Robert Olmstead. The Sportswriter, by Richard Ford, Hole in my life, by Jack Gantos. The Moviegoer, by Walker Percy.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. I am too slow for rereading. But I am going back to the Olmstead right now, so that must be special.

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

A. Be bold, be different, excite, amuse and scare yourself.

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

A. Nevermind, I thought you were Chris Crutcher.

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