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Author Revealed

Revealing Questions

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

A. Full of creative challenges and rife with dogs.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Two brains are better than one.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Having just handed in a completed novel, having just become Angelina Jolie's best friend, having just witnessed world peace, and checking into the Firmdale's Covent Garden Hotel.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Terrorist snakes.

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

A. Paris.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Kermit the Frog.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Barack Obama has our hearts.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "F*@K." "Really". "I'm overwhelmed." And,"what?!"

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

A. To be able to write a musical and dance in it like Gene Kelly.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Sustaining a decade long creative partnership.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Our inability to hold numbers in our heads.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. To find the funny in any circumstances.

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

A. Angelina Jolie.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. We talk fast.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Kermit the Frog.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Mrs. X.

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

A. We'd love to meet Queen Elizabeth I and get the skinny on her sex life . . . if there was one.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People with no vision.

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

A. Talking to each other about writing.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Action hero.

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

A. Positivity, sense of humor, wisdom.

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

A. Fettucini Alfredo.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Let the River Run by Carly Simon, Into the Groove by Madonna, So What by Pink, If I were a Boy by Beyonce, If You Seek Amy by Brittany Spears

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. David Sederis, Pat Barker, Elizabeth Gilbert, Edith Wharton, Nora Ephron, Don DeLillo, Micheal Cunningham.  There are so many!

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

A. Holidays on Ice, David SederisThe REgeneration Trilogy, Pat BarkerWhite Noise, Don DeLilloMotherless Brooklyn, Jonathen LethemAge of Innocence, Edith Wharton

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Naked by David Sederis

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

A. Discipline--carve out a regular time to write even if it's only an hour a week and make it sacred.

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

A. I was a nanny too and it IS that bad.

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