This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Not being liked. A close second would be admitting my greatest fear.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. This is hard, because I love villains. I often root for them if they’re more interesting than the hero. The first ones who come to mind are David Bowie’s Goblin King from LABYRINTH, and the Phantom from PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. They were so fascinating and tempting and offered such magic.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I had to consult my husband on this one, and he said it’s that I don’t take myself too seriously.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. I don’t believe in one-size-fits-all lives. What makes me perfectly happy (spending most of my waking hours in the same house as my husband, squirreled away writing books, surrounded by animals) might drive someone else absolutely nuts.
So I think we all have to figure out what would make us happy and work towards that. Meaning, don’t reach for other people’s definitions of happiness.
This can take a really long time. It did for me. I was pretty clueless what I wanted to do with my life until I started writing in my mid-twenties. Even then, I went back to grad school because I wanted a backup plan. But eventually I knew that only writing would make me happy.