Author Revealed

About Loren Rhoads

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 10/22

Q. Previous occupations

A. Word processor, housekeeper, full-time mom

Q. Favorite job

A. Writing & being a mom are tied.

Q. High school and/or college

A. University of Michigan, both in Flint and Ann Arbor.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. SPK

Q. Favorite movie

A. The Fellowship of the Ring

Q. Favorite television show

A. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Revealing Questions

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

A. Morbid curiosity changed my life.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. There are no bad questions.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness is having the time and resources to pursue every question.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. It used to be public speaking. I don't know what's replaced that now.

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

A. Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Mary Shelley

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Neil Gaiman

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I've banned "interesting" from my vocabulary. "No worries" is going to have to follow it shortly.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Letting self-doubt slow me down.

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

A. I'd like to be a better photographer.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Other than landing a book at Scribner?

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I like to sleep.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. People can tell me anything.

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

A. I'm pretty happy being myself right now. That's new, so I'm reveling in it.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I'm older than most people think.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Dracula

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

A. I'd like to meet Poe and talk to him about his drinking.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People who don't read.

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

A. Working in my daughter's school library.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Librarian

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

A. Curiosity, compassion, creativity.

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

A. Apples

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Alice Cooper's Welcome to my Nightmare, Death Cab for Cutie's I Will Follow You into the Dark, The Decemberists' The Hazards of Love (all of it!), The Cars' Dangerous Type, and Samuel Ramey singing Mephistopheles

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Annie Dillard, Sherwin Nuland, Angela Carter, Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaiman

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

A. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, How We Die, The Bloody Chamber, Something Wicked This Way Comes, American Gods

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Everything by Ray Bradbury. Dracula. Lord of the Rings.

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

A. Write what you want to know.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. I thought this would be really grim, but it's life-affirming and funny instead.

Q. How did you come to write Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues?

A. For 10 years, I edited Morbid Curiosity magazine. After I killed it in 2006, there was a huge outpouring of protest. People craved what they'd missed in the earliest out-of-print issues. So I assembled some of my favorites from the whole run of the magazine into this book.

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