About Christopher Rice
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Student, Spoiled Brat, Layabout
Q. Favorite job
A. Assistant manager at The Anne Rice Collection, where we sold T-shirts with my mother's MRI silkscreened onto them.
Q. High school and/or college
A. Isidore Newman School, followed by brief stints at Brown University and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. James Newton Howard
Q. Favorite movie
Q. Favorite television show
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. I can finally see the blessings.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. The truth will set you free. It might not make you rich and popular, but it will certainly set you free.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Living absolutely in the present, with no thoughts of the future. And a cup of Earl Grey tea very close at hand.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Plane crashes. I'm not afraid of flying. Not anymore. I'm afraid of the plane crashing. There's a difference.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Exactly where I am, but in a slightly better mood.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. This question runs the risk of wishful thinking. I identify with Oscar Wilde. But I wouldn't compare my work to his.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. My mother
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. In writing or when I speak? "Sort of" or "a kind of". I find myself trying to root out those weak-kneed qualifiers that pepper too many of my sentences.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. I regret it the most when I break someone's confidence.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Anything that allegedly comes from the right side of the brain. I'd like to be better at mathematics and spatial relationships.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Quitting smoking. It was literally the most difficult thing I have ever done.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I worry too much.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I'm generous.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. A bird, so I could fly.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Evan Delaney, the heroine of Meg Gardiner's excellent thrillers
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Lasher from THE WITCHING HOUR by Anne Rice a.k.a my Mom
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I would like to meet Alexander The Great. So I could ask him out to dinner...and if he's seeing anyone right now.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. People who shout into their cell phones at restaurants or in the gym
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Bookstore owner
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Honesty, Perceptiveness. Self-discipline.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. God Passing Over The Face Of The Waters (Moby) Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer (Sophie Ellis Bextor) Losing My Mind (Stephen Sondheim/FOLLIES) Defying Gravity (Stephen Schwartz/WICKED)
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. James Lee Burke Pat Conroy Ross MacDonald Gregg Hurwitz Eric Shaw Quinn Meg Gardiner Felice Picano T. Jefferson Parker Greg Iles Lee Child
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. THE PRINCE OF TIDES by Pat Conroy THE UNDERGROUND MAN by Ross MacDonald THE LORDS OF DISCIPLINE by Pat Conroy BECOMING A MAN by Paul Monette THE WITCHING HOUR by Anne Rice
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. I'm not very good at re-reading. While I love to fixate on a certain author, I'm always looking to devour new works from them.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Write the book you want to read.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. Your books are different from your mother's.