About Robin Romm
Q. Previous occupations
A. federal investigator, art teacher, nanny
Q. Favorite job
Q. High school and/or college
A. South Eugene High School then to Brown University
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. The dryer.
Q. Favorite movie
A. The Graduate. Grizzly Man.
Q. Favorite television show
A. Six Feet Under. Mad Men.
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Why do this when you can write a whole memoir?
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Dim sum, a noisy walk downtown, then the beach with my dog to hunt for sand dollars.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. On a windy cliff overlooking the Pacific.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. My great-grandmother with her feathered hats.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. I am not built to have heroes, only friends.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Apparently I use sparkly and secret a lot. I have to go back and take these out.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. It's a sparkly secret.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I would be a country music singer with all the bangles and boots.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Hm. I hope I haven't achieved it yet.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I'm not telling.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I have very thin fingers.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I don't know. Maybe...an underwater rock in a tropical sea.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. No one I have asked while filling this out will tell me.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. I don't have one.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Humbert Humbert.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. My mind doesn't really work like this--but I have always wanted to go to one of those parties in the Great Gatsby. And maybe I would like to go out to tea with Emily Holmes Coleman. I'd want her to try and tell me about that stint she wrote about in The Shutter of Snow. I bet it would be a wild tea party, full of gasps and hands waving.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Messy toothpaste tubes and being too close to people on public transit or in the gym.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Cooking and hiking with my dog.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Again, I would be a country music star with bangles and boots.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Honesty, curiosity, wit.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Dim sum.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. This changes so often, but since I was able to talk, I've loved Johnny Cash.