About Eileen Cook
Q. Previous occupations
A. My first job was working at the Dairy Queen and I was fired for giving giant cones to my friends. I've also worked as a retail salesclerk, waitress and as a counsellor.
Q. Favorite job
A. Writing is hands down my favorite job. Who wouldn't love spending all day making stuff up and playing with imaginary friends? Plus I can wear sweat pants all day.
Q. High school and/or college
A. I went to high school in Traverse City Michigan. I went to Michigan State University (go Spartans!) twice, both for a degree in English and then later for counselling.
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. When I'm looking to be mellow I like the jazz artist Diana Krall.
Q. Favorite movie
A. This depends on my mood, but When Harry Met Sally is an all time favorite.
Q. Favorite television show
A. I love all those lavish food shows on the Food Network. I love watching other people cook.
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. How do people do this?! I keep making a list and then changing it. My life is quiet and chaotic, safe and risky, lonely and crowded--it all depends. I think I will take the wimpy way out and say I am too complex to summed up in 8 words.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Carpe Diem- Seize the day. I would much rather make a mistake then to have never tried at all.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. My greatest fear would be to let someone important to me down. However, I also freak out over spiders and other creepy multi-legged creatures. Sometimes I worry they crawl into my mouth when I'm sleeping.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Home curled up with a good book and my dog.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. My mom is a total class act. Plus she put up with me when I was growing up and although I am sure she was tempted she didn't kill me and hide my body in the backyard.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. I don't regret anything I've done-- but I do regret not doing some things because I was afraid of looking stupid or failing.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I really wish I could sing. My complete lack of talent does not stop me from singing, it's merely unpleasant for those around me.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. I moved to Europe by myself to go to school. I discovered I could travel by myself, solve all kinds of problems and that I really liked my own company.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I can be a total drama queen in certain situations. Sometimes I am the calm and rational one, but without warning it can switch. I'm sure this makes me a joy to live with.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I can make people laugh.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I spent a long time wishing I was more like someone else-- cuter, more athletic, smarter, etc. Now I'm glad to be me.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. When I'm really laughing hard I do this really nasty snorting thing. If you heard it, you would know I must be around somewhere.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Reading. I am one of those people who breaks out into hives if I don't have a stack of good books ready to go.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. I was a total drama geek in school so I would love to be an actress.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Warm homemade bread fresh out of the oven. mmmm carbs....
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Picking favorites is hard-- there are so many great books and authors out there. Some people that I always read include: Meg Cabot, Sarah Dessen, Judy Blume, Megan McCafferty, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Emily Giffin, and Jennifer Weiner.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin, Just Listen by Sarah Dessen All American Girl by Meg Cabot, and I can't pick a number five because there are too many books that would be left out.
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. I've read a Prayer for Owen Meany at least five times.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Read! Books are the best teachers.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. I love to hear when someone tells me my book made them laugh out loud.