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About Mark H. Kruger

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 12/1

Q. Previous occupations

A. TV writer

Q. Favorite job

A. writing (novels & television)

Q. High school and/or college

A. I went to the University of Pennsylvania

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. The Beatles

Q. Favorite movie

A. Chinatown

Q. Favorite television show

A. Mad Men/Homeland/Breaking Bad/

Revealing Questions

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

A. Write, Movies, TV, Coffee Ice Cream, Dream, Repeat

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Never stop trying.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Working hard at something you really love.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. that I'll forget how to write one day

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

A. Maui or New York City

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Edgar Allen Poe

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Nelson Mandela

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Do whatever makes you happy.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not being two inches taller!

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

A. having perfect pitch and singing

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Being a writer

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. insecurity and shyness

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. open-mindedness

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

A. my dog Obie

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. even tempered

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Candide

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Merricat Blackwood (in Shirley Jackson's "We Have Always Lived in the Castle")

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

A. William Shakespeare I'd ask if he really wrote all those plays and sonnets by himself.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. intolerance & narrow-mindedness

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

A. going to the movies, or to the theater, or watching some great British TV crime drama

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. architect

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

A. tolerance, kindness & sense of humor

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

A. Haagen Dazs Coffee Ice Cream

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," The Rolling Stone's "Sympathy for the Devil," Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart," Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah," The Beatles "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Shirley Jackson Edgar Allan Poe Charles Dickens F. Scott Fitzgerald Stephen King

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

A. Candide by Voltaire The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford Great Expectations by Charles Dickens The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. We Have Always Lived in the Castle

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

A. Writing is rewriting.

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

A. Where did you get the inspiration for the story?

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