About Lynn Kiele Bonasia
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Advertising copywriter, waitress.
Q. High school and/or college
A. Nauset Regional High School, Eastham, MA, then University of Massachusetts for an undergrad degree in Journalism, and Florida International University for an MFA in Creative Writing.
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Tom Waits
Q. Favorite movie
A. The Graduate
Q. Favorite television show
A. Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Happy to be here. Hoping to stick around.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Everything in moderation. Sounds like a snooze, but it served my nonagenarian relatives well.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Being on the beach on a balmy evening with a wedge of gooey cheese, a bottle of wine and someone(s) I like, having just learned my book has made it to the bestseller list. And that my mortgage is paid off. And someone has just told me I look too young to have a kid in college.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Being afraid. (Not being flip. I mean it.)
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Nauset Beach.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. The unsung.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. My women friends, many of whom are tough broads with big hearts. I admire them.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Most overused word: great.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. I really try to live without regrets I think we should all just accept the past for what it is, and move on.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. The ability to read in bed without falling asleep. Or better yet, read in my sleep.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Raising a good kid, publishing a novel. In that order.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I can be hard on myself and others.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I'm a good listener and a loyal friend.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. Beyonce. Hey, you asked.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. "So, Jesus, are you happy with your spokespeople?"
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. People who complain about the weather.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Checking email. Facebook. Messing around in the kitchen.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Marine biologist.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Equanimity. Integrity. Compassion.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Pizza. Of course, I'd change the toppings.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead), Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen), In the Sun (Joseph Arthur), Imagine (John Lennon), Lightning Crashes (Live)
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Some longstanding favorites: Collette, Hemingway, Nabokov, Carver, Lawrence. Contemporary favorites include William Trevor, Elizabeth McCracken, Elizabeth Strout, Michael Cunningham, and Johnathan Letham.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. I like books for so many different reasons and my favorites chanage. But without further explanation: Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov), Motherless Brooklyn (Jonathan Letham), The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway), Sons and Lovers (D.H. Lawrence) and Still Life with Oysters and Lemon (Mark Doty).
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Tao Te Ching
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Be open to what others have to say about your work, don't think your sentences are too precious, and never give up.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. I got your book out of the library.