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Ptolemy Tompkins

Ptolemy Tompkins has been an editor at Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines and is the author of four books. His writing has been featured in Beliefnet.com, Harper’s, TheNew York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in New York.
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Ptolemy Tompkins
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I'll have to to go with Heraclitus' line: "Character is fate." Which doesn't mean that I think I have a particularly good character. I just think it's true.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Marine biologist

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Changes by the book, though there are always a lot. In The Modern Book of the Dead, "utterly" was a problem.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Same as (pretty much) everyone's: Not living my life differently.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Rude people, smoking. (Just kidding about the smoking)

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