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. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Playing Wii Fit. I’ve always hated exercise with a passion, but I love video games, and I love beating my husband’s scores, so it’s super motivating.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Graduating college in only four years! I switched majors three times (before I discovered writing, I didn’t have much stick-to-it-ive-ness at anything) and had to take a very heavy load my last semester. I could’ve coasted like most seniors, but I really wanted to get an Honors degree instead of just a basic English degree. I had to write nineteen papers plus a thesis! But I did it somehow, and the courses I took that last semester blew my mind wide open, so I’m really glad I took the rough road for once in my life.
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.