About Ed Decter
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. I have been a professional writer since I was twenty. Before that I projected movies at college.
Q. Favorite job
A. Directing movies is my favorite thing on earth.
Q. High school and/or college
A. High school: West Orange, N.J. College: Wesleyan University, Middletown CT
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Bruce Springsteen
Q. Favorite movie
A. It's a Wonderful Life
Q. Favorite television show
A. The Wire
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Dad and husband with very little time!
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. There are no shortcuts.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. A day with nothing to do but walk my big dog with my daughter.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Being stuck in a humid room with no way out.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. I'd like to be with my family on the seacoast of Italy.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Charles Dickens because he had to keep writing every single day in order to make a living.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Barack Obama because of how far he came to get where he is.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. "Daddy needs to get back on the computer."
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not having taken a semester abroad.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I would love to sing. This will not happen.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Easy question: being a husband and father
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Impatience! I need things to happen NOW!
Q. What’s your best quality?
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I would be Bruce Springsteen (I am from New Jersey).
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I move fast and never slow down.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Charlie Brown. He always believed Lucy wouldn't move the football.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Lucy. She always moved the football.
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 meet William Shakespeare and ask him how it was all possible.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. When someone gets eliminated from American Idol that I loved.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. I believe myself to be a crossword puzzle genius. But I'm not.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. If I couldn't be in the film business, I'd like to be a musician in the E Street Band.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Loyalty. Honesty. Humor.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. New Jersey pizza.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Darkness on the Edge of Town and any four other Boss songs.
On Books and Writing
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Too many to name but, Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories, Goodbye Columbus, Frannie and Zooey, The Great Santini, Matilda.
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. The Great Gatsby
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Writers write; keep plugging away every single day.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. "Have you met J.K. Rowling?"