Author Revealed

About Laura Anne Gilman

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 8/25

Q. Previous occupations

A. I sat on the other side of the desk -- I was a book editor for fifteen years. Also, wine seller, and office manager..

Q. Favorite job

A. Editor, absolutely. If the writing hadn't started to take over my life, I'd still be riding that side of the desk.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Everyone who knows me will say "Springsteen."  But I have an eclectic music collection, and don't really play favorites.

Q. Favorite movie

A. Impossible. Too many to choose, and it all depends on my mood.

Q. Favorite television show

A. right now, it's Leverage. Great writing, great cast.  After that, Criminal Minds, for the same reasons only with more 'eeep' factor.

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Organized chaos, by preference. Exhausting, but never boring.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Write what you know" means learn more, not write less.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I'm not sure I believe in 'perfect' happiness, since the awareness of being happy also requires the knowledge that there is UNhappiness, and.. okay, being too philosophical, I know. Perfect happiness for me, I guess, is that moment when you turn to share something -- a joke, a sight, a thought -- with someone, and they're right there, ready for the adventure, whatever it is. The moment of discovery, and being able to share it.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. you mean, other than making an idiot out of myself?  Sharks.  And roller coasters.  I admit it, I'm a wuss.  But I'll happily go snorkeling, while I wouldn't get on a roller coaster if you paid me.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My parents. Sappy, but true.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I go through phases, because once I realize I'm over-using something I try to delete it from my vocabulary.  Right now it's "Seriously?"

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Oh, I would so love to be able to draw. I can see it all in my head, but . I can barely draw a straight line with a ruler.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. I think getting up every morning is the most amazing thing any of us do. We know what's out there, and yet we keep going. Some days, admittedly, it's more difficult than others...

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Impatience, probably.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. oh, that's tougher to answer. Curiosity, maybe.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. In my next life, I want to be a housecat.  Naps all the time!

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I'm told that it's my evil laugh.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Sleeping! Okay, no, travel, really. I love going somewhere new, trying to see the world differently.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Photographer. I mourn the slow demise of the darkroom in the age of digital photos; there was something very soothing about the process of turning negatives into finished photos.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. The ability to laugh at oneself as needed, a desire to learn, and the strength to be gentle.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. oh, that's a terrible, terrible thing to ask a foodie!

On Books and Writing

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. A Fine and Private Place, Peter S Beagle Busman's Honeymoon, Dorothy L Sayers The Wolf's Hour, Robert McCammon The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King Taran Wanderer, Lloyd Alexander

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. I tend not to reread books, because there's always something new to discover, but Dorothy Sayers is a comfort grab for me -- there's no mood so bleak or cold so bad that Lord Peter and Bunter can't make it right.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. You're an artist when you're writing, a businessperson the rest of the time.