About Laura Schaefer
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. waitress, bartender, hostess, babysitter, standardized test question author
Q. Favorite job
A. writing fiction
Q. High school and/or college
A. I went to high school in Oshkosh, Wisconsin at Lourdes High School and college in Madison at the University of Wisconsin.
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Sam Cooke
Q. Favorite movie
A. Almost Famous
Q. Favorite television show
A. The West Wing
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Enjoy each day with tea, dancing, and friends.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. People need a purpose.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Perfect happiness is a day in which I fall in love, or create something I'm proud of. Just regular happiness is giving back, dancing, laughing, and eating expensive cheese. Oh, and noodling around on the Internet with no deadlines.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Right here in Madison, with the option to jet off any time it blizzards.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
Q. What do you regret most?
A. the times I could have been kinder
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I'd be an elite lindy hopper or an excellent pianist
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. getting The Teashop Girls published
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. generosity and humor
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I want to be writer and philanthropist with a long career.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I laugh easily.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Harriet the Spy, Elizabeth Bennett from Pride & Prejudice, Larry Darrell from The Razor's Edge, and Wesley from The Princess Bride
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Captain Hook
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. dancing, reading, IMing
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. White House senior staff
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. wit, curiosity, compassion
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. the World's Greatest Sandwich from Mickey's, or guacamole. That's a tough one.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sarah Vowell, Richard Yates, Aaron Sorkin, Meg Cabot, Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris, Irvin Yalom, Elizabeth Gilbert, Judy Blume, Louise Fitzhugh
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Day dream, take it one day at a time, and break up a big project into little parts.