About Josie Brown
Q. Previous occupations
A. Journalist and Advertising Account Supervisor
Q. Favorite job
A. Novelist! If you aren't doing what you truly love, you're wasting time!
Q. Favorite movie
A. "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" and "Bullets Over Broadway".
Q. Favorite television show
A. It will soon be "Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives" on ABC (based on my novel!)
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Happy, healthy, supported by wonderful family and friends.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. You create your own destiny.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Watching the sun set in the Pacific, from any part of the California coast, with my husband at my side.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Heights. Fire. Water. You name it. I'm a 'fraidy cat!
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, into San Francisco, from Marin County. To me, that says "adventure"...
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Audrey Hepburn. I think every woman would want to have been her.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Barack Obama. He will define our generation.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Cool. Okay, now that I write this, from now on I'll use "cold" in its place...
Q. What do you regret most?
A. You REALLY don't want to know!
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Genius (without the downside...whatever THAT is...)
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. my family: my husband, Martin, and our two children: Austin and Anna.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I am OCD!
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I'm a great friend -- once you've earned my trust.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. No matter how much we fantasize about the celebrated and the historical, one has had a perfect life. I would hate to have another's tragedies, or make their mistakes for them. But those mistakes molded their destinies. that said, I appreciate the life I have, and hope I'm living it to its fullest.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. My sense of humor (or so I've heard)/
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. For a heroine, Scarlett O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND. For a hero, Jonathan Pine in THE NIGHT MANAGER.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Undine Spragg in CUSTOM OF THE COUNTRY
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I would have loved to have met Mark Twain. I'd ask him if I could hang out with him. His life period fascinates me, and I would have loved to have lived in the West when he did.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. bigotry of any kind. Some people hate others for their chocie of religion, their color, their size. If we were all blind--and couldn't see those around us, would we still find a reason to hate another?
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Cinephile. I LOVE movies!
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. I would have loved to have tried my hand at film editing.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Trust, compasson, honesty.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Ha! The portobello raviolis from Trader Joe's (Do'h! Now the secret is OUT...)
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Rachmananoff's Prelude in C# Minor; Mad World, from Donnie Darko; Variety Pack (Andree Belle); The One I Could Have Been with You (Rita Abrams); Piano Man (Billy Joel)
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Margaret Mitchell, Edith Wharton, Charles Dickens, Graham Greene, John Le Carre, Martin Cruz Smith, and Kathryn Stockett. Quite an array, eh? I love to mix it up!
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. GONE WITH THE WIND, THE NIGHT MANAGER, Anything by Martin Cruz Smith, AGE OF INNOCENCE, CUSTOM OF THE COUNTRY, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, DAVID COPPERFIELD
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Yes. GONE WITH THE WIND. I've read it 22 times, 15 times prior to the age of fifteen. It is now so seeped into my consciousness that I can just look at any page in the book and hear it in my head.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. When asked, I always say "Last author standing." By that, I mean if you persist -- in crafting a great story, in getting an agent, in researching the right editors for your book, then promoting your book when they are on the shelf --- you will have a career as an author.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. "I couldn't put your book down! I wish it hadn't ended." Like music to my ears. It's why I love to plot: so that my stories come alive.