Author Revealed

About Lisa M. Stasse

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 3/16

Q. Previous occupations

A. Digital librarian, photographer, and waitress (in high school).

Q. Favorite job

A. Writer.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Waterville High in upstate New York, and Cornell University.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Beck.

Q. Favorite movie

A. "Drive."

Q. Favorite television show

A. "Mad Men" (before that, it was "Lost").

Revealing Questions

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

A. Espresso fiend, readaholic, photographer, writer, desert island explorer.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "You cannot create experience. You must undergo it." - Albert Camus

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Not worrying about happiness.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Isolation.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Camping on Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Imogen Cunningham (an awesome photographer).

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Werner Herzog.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Whatever sounds good."

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not taking enough chances.

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

A. Singing in key.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Raising my two-year-old daughter.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Indecisiveness.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Tenaciousness.

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

A. Halley's Comet (so I could fly around the Solar System and check in on Earth every now and again).

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Freckles (but only in the summer!)

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. "The Man" in Cormac McCarthy's book "The Road."

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Klaus Kinski in the movie "Nosferatu."

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Andy Warhol. I would bring a box of Campbell's Soup cans and ask him to sign them all for me!

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Crazy drivers on the Los Angeles freeways.

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

A. Photography.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Writing books is actually my fantasy profession, so I feel incredibly lucky.

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

A. Kindness, intelligence, creativity.

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

A. Sushi.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "Gardening at Night" by REM, "Norwegian Wood" by The Beatles, "Lithium" by Nirvana, "Seeing Other People" by Belle & Sebastian, and "Earlybird School" by Charles Douglas.

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Margaret Atwood, JG Ballard, Toni Morrison, Suzanne Collins, Cormac McCarthy, James Dashner, William Faulkner, Carrie Ryan, Ernest Hemingway, Joan Didion, and many more.

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

A. 1. "The Sheltering Sky" by Paul Bowles 2. "Beloved" by Toni Morrison 3. "Play It As It Lays" by Joan Didion 4. "As I Lay Dying" by William Faulkner 5. "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen

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

A. Read as many books as you can!

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