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About Doug Magee

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 1/24

Q. Previous occupations

A. Photojournalist, screenwriter, producer and director

Q. Favorite job

A. I love to write

Q. High school and/or college

A. Rome Free Academy, Rome, New York, Amherst College, Union Theological Seminary

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. J.J. Johnson

Q. Favorite movie

A. Aguirre, The Wrath of God

Q. Favorite television show

A. I have to say Seinfeld or my wife will leave me

Revealing Questions

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

A. A search for the certainty of uncertainty

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Live without mottos or maxims

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. There's no greater happiness than being content, satisfied with who you are and what you have, living without fear or desires.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Forgetting who I really am.

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

A. Right here.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Seekers of any stripe

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. The millions of persevering poor.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Terrific

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not having Edith Piaf's attitude.

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

A. Improvising jazz

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My three sons

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Can I get back to you on that one?

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Can I get back to you on that one as well?

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

A. A no-thing

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Hmm. My baldness of speech and head

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Tom Jones

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Edgar Allen Poe's "Raven" -- is he a villain?

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

A. I'd like to hang out with Thomas Paine, but I have the feeling he'd do all the talking.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Having to listen to someone else's cell phone conversation

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

A. Photography, film work, playing trombone

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Just what I'm doing now

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

A. Optimism, curiosity, caring

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

A. Seafood

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Okay, I'll bite 1. Sittin' On The Dock of The Bay 2. Lullaby of Birdland 3. Mr. Blue 4. Subterranean Homesick Blues 5. Hey Jude

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. CervantesMark TwainJean GionoElmore LeonardEmersonWalt WhitmanGarcia-MarquezHenry Fielding

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

A. Don Quixote Leaves of GrassOne Hundred Years of SolitudeTom JonesWomen In Love

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Tom Jones

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

A. Keep writing. Don't look back.

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

A. You wrote that?

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