Author Revealed

About Margie Palatini

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 11/25

Q. Previous occupations

A. Ad Agency Art Director, freelance designer.

Q. Favorite job

A. Exactly what I'm doing now -- writing and illustrating children's books.

Q. High school and/or college

A. John P. Steven H.S., Edison, NJ., Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. So hard. Hmmm. George Gershwin. Cole Porter. Irving Berlin.

Q. Favorite movie

A. Way too hard to pick just 'one' -- but will give tie to Sunset Boulevard and All About Eve ... but then there's The Godfather, and Casablanca and ... nope. Can't do one..

Q. Favorite television show

A. Again, way too many faves. All time? Maybe I Love Lucy.

Revealing Questions

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

A. 8? I'm way too wordy for only ... see?

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. eh

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. A plate of pasta. Turner Classic Movies. A great robe.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Never having another idea in my head. Ever!

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

A. On the beach in Bermuda.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. 'Most' is pretty serious. But, I do admire Hillary Clinton.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "I just want to tell you..."

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Wasting time.

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

A. If I could just hit that golf ball.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My son, Jamie (perpetual bedhead and all). Thank goodness for those baseball caps.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Insecurity.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Loyalty.

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

A. A bird or one of my sister's cats -- because they truly 'have the life'. O

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Impatient perfectionist. (Wow. That is pret-ty, pret-ty toxic, which = Drama Queen)

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Superman. (He's able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Bends steel in his bare hands.) But, have to say, Nancy Drew is way cool.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. What a question! Off with your head! The Queen of Hearts. But, you know, Mrs. Danvers was one big baddie too. Don't get me started on Regina Giddens.

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

A. Thomas Edison --- "Wow"

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Why can't I find a pair of socks that MATCH?!!

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

A. Couch Potato. Watching 'One Life to Live' -- totally addicted. Yeah, I know, see #10.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Broadway Musical Actress (Patti Lupone for a day)

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

A. Honesty. Loyalty. Respect.

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

A. Pierogie

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "You and Me, We Wanted it All" Peter Allen/"You're the Top" Cole Porter/ "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better,"  Irving Berlin/ "Put Your Dreams Away for Another Day."  Lyrics, Frank Sinatra/ "Over You," Betty Buckley singing from Tender Mercies.

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. John Steinbeck, Woody Allen, Jean Shepard, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Maeve Binchy

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

A. The Little Engine That Could, To Kill A Mockingbird, Alice in Wonderland, The Thorn Birds, East of Eden

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Alice in Wonderland

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

A. Read, write, write some more, read, read.

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

A. How did you think of that?

Q. How did you come to write Sweet Tooth?

A. Well, I wanted to write a sweet little book with a sweet little character and before I knew it, this other ..."YEAH YEAH. BLAH BLAH BLAH. YAK YAK YAK. NOTHIN'. SHE'S GOT NOTHIN'. ZIP. HEY -- CAN ANYBODY GET ME A COOKIE, A RING-DING OR SOMETHING?" ... but, what came out was --- well, ... "The Tooth". (I'll fill in the blanks on the other books when you-know-who isn't around.) "WHERE AM I GOING? I'M GOING SOMEWHERE? IN YOUR SWEET DREAMS, LADY." ...sigh

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