About P. W. Catanese
Q. Previous occupations
A. A writer in an advertising agency.
Q. Favorite job
A. This author stuff is pretty cool.
Q. High school and/or college
A. Trumbull High School and The University of Connecticut (go Huskies)
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. The Eels
Q. Favorite movie
A. I can only name one?! Casablanca.
Q. Favorite television show
A. The Daily Show
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Busy, rich, lucky, happy, hectic, rewarding and busy.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. I think I have a new motto every day.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. I'm with my family in a boat on a beautiful lake in New Hampshire on a hot summer day.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Letting the world know what my biggest fear is.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Some exotic place I've never been before.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. I am married to a remarkable woman.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Oh no, if I tell you you'll start looking for them.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Giving up guitar lessons when I was a kid.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Either speaking lots of languages or playing lots of instruments.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Three pretty awesome kids.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I get distracted. Oh look, a bug.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Hopefully my imagination.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Stephen Maturin from the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey-Maturin novels.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Always loved Dracula!
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. People who are rude to waiters
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. I also do some cartooning. Lots of fun.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. I believe I'm doing that. If I need a new one, I think it's making movies.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. A sense of humor, a good heart, a curious mind
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Do I have to be logical? A salad with chicken would keep me healthy. If I don't have to be logical, warm chocolate chip cookies.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. This list is in constant flux! Wake Up by Arcade Fire, You Were Right by Badly Drawn Boy, String Bean Jean by Belle and Sebastian, Billy Liar by The Decemberists, Charmed Life by The Divine Comedy.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. My favorite is Patrick O'Brian, author of the wonderful Aubrey-Maturin adventures about the British Navy during the 1800s. I also enjoy Steven Pressfield, Carl Hiassen, Elmore Leonard and many others.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. In my youth: Dracula The Lord of the Rings All Jules Verne Later: The Killer Angels The Shadow of the Wind Watchmen
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Too many new books out there, but I do plan to revisit Patrick O'Brian's sea adventures.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Your first draft is never ever your final draft.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. I can see exactly what you're writing about!