A. I've been an assistant to a Folklorist and a teacher. There may or may not have been some sandwich making at a certain sub chain in my past as well.
A. Writing was, is, and will always be my favorite job.
A. I went to high school in my hometown, Springhill, Louisiana. I earned my Bachelors and my Masters from Louisiana Tech University.
A. Sufjan Stevens.
A. To Kill a Mockingbird / The Hours. It's a dead tie.
A. 30 Rock
A. Formerly cynical with a renewed sense of wonderment.
A. Good writing is never forced.
A. Perfect happiness? If it exists, I think it's less of a situation and more of a mental state. I don't think anyone, no matter what, can find perfect happiness until they understand exactly who they are and how every little thing they do can effect the world around them. I think perfect happiness would be a world where everyone is constantly striving to understand everyone else.
A. Tornados. And Sharks. And also being buried alive.
A. I'd like to be walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.
A. Edgar Allan Poe-but only because we're both writers and we share the same birthday.
A. Harper Lee-for writing a book that will never cease to be of vast importance.
A. I tend to say "cool" a lot. And also "awesome." I guess it could be worse.
A. I regret waiting until my mid-twenties to really start seeing the world. I think I should have taken more risks when I was younger and worried less about being ready to grow up.
A. I would really like to play the mandolin or the violin. I'd also like to be a good singer.
A. Aside from getting my first novel published, I'd say my greatest achievement has been teaching public school for five years without freaking out.
A. I tend to find humor in almost everything-even when I shouldn't.
A. I'd like to see what it's like to be any kind of bird, but just for a few hours or so.
A. I have an annoying tendency to correct peoples' grammar. I try to restrain it, but I often fail.
A. Atticus Finch.
A. The Misfit from Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find".
A. If I could meet any historical character, I think it would have to be William Shakespeare. I'd like to ask him a lot, but mostly questions about Macbeth.
A. The use of double negatives or the misuse of the words "lay" and lie".
A. Well, I'm a teacher, so I should say "teaching". Okay, we'll go with that...
A. I'd like to be a travel writer.
A. Kindness, open-mindedness, and a good sense of humor.
A. Pizza. It would definitely be pizza.
A. "Casimir Pulaski Day" by Sufjan Stevens, "Hey Jude" by the Beatles, "Staring at the Sun" by TV on the Radio, "Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor" by Frederick Chopin, and "Cliquot" by Beirut.
A. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.Harper LeeJ.D. SalingerSherman AlexieDave EggersDavid LevithanJonathan Safran FoerFlannery O'Connor
A. 1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger2. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers3. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
A. I love rereading The Catcher in the Rye.
A. Yes. Wait until a story comes to you that you have to write; wanting isn't good enough.
A. "What is an asshat?" AND "Does it have a happy ending?"