About Erin Rooney Doland
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Disc jockey, communications director, research and public policy director, and English teacher.
Q. Favorite job
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Joseph Hayden
Q. Favorite television show
A. Friday Night Lights
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Full of laughter, joy, ingenuity, vitality, and wonder.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Carpe Vitam -- Seize Life
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. A life clear of distractions to pursue what matters most to me.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. My greatest irrational fear is having a fish touch me while swimming.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Swinging in a hammock on the beach with my husband on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, or snuggling under a blanket next to a fire in a ski chateau in the Alps.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Oh wow, this is a hard question. Maybe Lord Byron? He surrounded himself with people he loved and went on many spectacular adventures.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Tina Fey. She's in the business of making people laugh, and she does it so well.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Riotous. However.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Turning down an in-person interview with Johnny Cash to go out on a date to see a Semisonic concert. This happened in 1996 or 1997, and I think even the members of Semisonic would agree I made the wrong choice.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Being able to play the guitar and sing at the same time.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Having the good sense to say "yes" when my husband proposed.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I'll talk to anyone.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I'll talk to anyone.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I'm actually very content being me right now.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. My eye lashes. They are so long they get caught in my eyebrows.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. d'Artagnan from The Three Musketeers
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Ozymandias in The Watchmen
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. My paternal great grandfather Edward Rooney. He was born in 1887 and was one of the greatest criminal attorneys in Kansas history, if I'm to believe what my 100 year old grandmother says about him. I'd simply ask him to tell me stories about his life.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Chewing with your mouth open.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Stand up comedy
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Exactly what I'm doing.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Loyalty, not taking self too seriously, and personal responsibility.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Pomme frites dipped in Bearnaise sauce (which would make those very few days)
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. According to my Top 25 Most Played list on iTunes, they appear to be "The Crane Wife 3" by The Decemberists, "Over My Head" by The Fray, "I Still Remember" by Bloc Party, "Hey Hey Girl" by The Virgins, and "Wave of Mutilation" by the Pixies.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Tom Wolfe, AJ Jacobs, Truman Capote, Harold McGee, Jane Austen, ee cummings, Hermann Hesse, Orson Scott Card, David Allen, David Sedaris ... oh, this list could go on forever.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. <i>Einstein's Dreams</i> by Lightman, <i>On Food and Cooking</i> by McGee, <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i> by Lee, <i>The Maltese Falcon</i> by Hammett, and <i>The Hollow Men</i> by Eliot.
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Pride and Prejudice
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Practice, practice, practice.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. You have a strong, distinct voice.
Q. How did you come to write Unclutter Your Life in One Week?
A. I used to be a clutterbug who held onto every homework assignment I ever completed and every note I passed in school. I continually experienced anxiety because I was never on time, my home was in disarray, and I couldn't finish projects at work on schedule. When I decided to clear the clutter and organize my life, I didn’t have resources to guide me through the process. I wanted a manual to explain to me the hows and whys of simplifying, organizing, time management, uncluttering, and productivity—but I never found it. I’ve created this book so that you can unclutter your life in one week and you can have the manual I desired. It’s hard work, but you deserve to live with less stress and anxiety. You deserve a remarkable life. And, most importantly, you deserve to experience all the benefits of being an unclutterer.