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About Morgan Keyes

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 10/12

Q. Previous occupations

A. Ski school coordinator, stage manager, drama camp counselor, bookseller, lawyer, librarian.

Q. Favorite job

A. Writer. (But other than that? Reference librarian.)

Q. High school and/or college

A. Edina High School (in Edina, Minnesota), Princeton University.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Beethoven (especially his Third Symphony).

Revealing Questions

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

A. Me: Reading, writing, family, felines, museuming, travel, knitting.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Choose wisely.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Happiness is that feeling of "yes!" when you're writing a book, and all the pieces suddenly snap into place, and you know the characters and setting and plot from the beginning through the middle to the end, and it is absolutely, perfectly right.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Losing my mental capacity, through either disease or injury.

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

A. In a major city with world class museums, so that I could wake up tomorrow, go to one, and learn new things.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Most recently: "And then" and the word "that" (at least, in writing. I probably overuse other words and phrases while speaking.)

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

A. I would like to live without needing to sleep, so that I could do more reading, writing, learning, and living during those otherwise-wasted hours!

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. My greatest flaw is laziness -- some days, I fail to complete half the things on my to-do list because I get distracted by reading or writing or other fun things.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. My best quality is being an optimist. Even when things are truly at their worst, I regroup quickly and find ways to move on.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Aragorn, in The Lord of the Rings, was one of the first heroes I truly admired.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Does Severus Snape count as a villain?

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People not waiting their turn -- in lines at stores, in lanes while driving, etc.

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

A. Reference librarian -- I was one, for several years, and I loved learning new things every day.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. If I could receive instant training and knowledge, I'd be a marine biologist, focusing my studies on whales.

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

A. Fairness, kindness, and being true to one's own beliefs.

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

A. Chinese food (the spicy dishes that include lots of crisp veggies, along with meat).

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