About Joy Fielding
Q. Previous occupations
A. high school supply teacher, bank teller, case-aide worker, seller of towels and men's socks
Q. Favorite job
A. Writing novels
Q. High school and/or college
A. Forest Hill Collegiate and the University of Toronto, both in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. My older daughter, Shannon Micol.
Q. Favorite movie
A. the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Q. Favorite television show
A. Dexter, the Mentalist, Brothers and Sisters
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. happy, fulfilling, interesting, hectic, loving, daughter-centric, amazing.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Be kind.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Perfect happiness is knowing that everyone I love is healthy, safe, and content.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Exactly where I am at the moment - Palm Beach, Florida. Although Paris is always a close second.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. No one really. I've always been hopelessly stuck in the present.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. My husband.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Give me a break. Assorted swear words.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. That I didn't get more time with my mother, that I'm not always as kind or patient as I should be.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I'd love to be able to really sing. I'd also have loved to be a great ballet dancer.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. My 35 year marriage, my two daughters, and my 21 books.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I have very limited patience and I'm very quick-tempered.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I'm very generous and loyal. And funny.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I'm very happy being me, although sometimes I'd love to be a bird so that I could fly.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I always say what's on my mind. No need to second guess with me..
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Nathan Zuckerman.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Golda Meir. I'd ask her if she could see any way out of the mess in the Mideast.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Bad weather.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Playing golf.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Golf pro, ballet dancer, singer.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Kindness, intelligence, sense of humor.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Birthday cake
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. "I would give thing I own; Yesterday, when I was Young; If you go away; Non, Je ne regret de rien; Little Girl Blue
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Philip Roth Carl Hiaasen Joan Didion
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. The Prince of Tides Play it as it Lays American Pastoral The Ghost Writer Patrimony
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. I rarely reread books. There are too many new ones out there.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Read, read, read.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. I couldn't put your book down.
Q. How did you come to write Charley's Web?
A. I got the idea for this really interesting character - Charley - and then the rest of her rather offbeat family began developing. Then I looked for an interesting situation to put them in. Since most of my books deal with women trying to find themselves, I thought it would be interesting to have Charley's path to self-discovery unfold while trying to understand the truth about someone else, in this case a deeply disturbed young woman who is, in many respects, her fun-house mirror opposite. I also wanted to deal with the theme of nature versus nurture.