Spencer Quinn Revealed
About Spencer Quinn
What is your birthdate?:6/28
High school and/or college:Williams College
Name of your favorite composer or music artist?:Louis Armstrong
- Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
- A. I wake up happy every day, but why?
- Q. What is your motto or maxim?
- A. Still time to figure that out. I'll have it posted on my tombstone.
- Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
- A. I'll know it when I get there. I hope.
- Q. What’s your greatest fear?
- A. Not being able to help those I love.
- Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
- A. Right here - I love Cape Cod.
- Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
- A. Neanderthals - who knows why?
- Q. Which living person do you most admire?
- A. Prominent people are so worn down by overexposure I find it hard to really admire any of them. Instead these days I seem to be admiring nameless people I see who just keep doing what they have to, sometimes with humor and grace.
- Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
- A. None, I hope. Can't anything be just right?
- Q. What do you regret most?
- A. No regrets.
- Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
- A. That's easy - I'd love to be musical. I'd start on dobro, move on to trumpet, also take up drums. I'd writer lots of songs, sing on the street for money, make a happy fool of myself.
- Q. What is your greatest achievement?
- A. Raising four happy kids.
- Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
- A. My volley, especially on the forehand side.
- Q. What’s your best quality?
- A. Probably for others to say, but maybe it's that I don't often lose my temper. On the other hand, loss of temper can be a useful tool, as I'm sure we've all seen, and therefore I'm somewhat handicapped.
- Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
- A. One of those mountain men who first saw the Rockies.
- Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
- A. Again, probably for others to say, but maybe it's that I have my own take on just about everything; and again, as above, a double-edged thing.
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
- A. Jack Aubrey
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
- A. Raskolnikov - if you can call him a villain.
- Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
- A. Jesus. I'd like to know if the events of the past 2000 years have caused him to change his mind about anything.
- Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
- A. Human overpopulation.
- Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
- A. Playing tennis.
- Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
- A. Musician
- Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
- A. sense of fun, energy, optimism
- Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
- A. Apples
- Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
- A. If You Were Mine (Billie Holiday), Black and Blue (Louis Armstrong), Recondita Armonia (Jussi Bjoerling), He Stopped Loving Her Today (George Jones), Milky White Way (Elvis Presley)
On Books and Writing
- Q. Who are your favorite authors?
- A. Graham Greene Dostoyevsky Nabokov Philip Larkin P.G. Wodehouse
- Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
- A. Crime and Punishment Heart of Darkness Lucky Jim Scoop Bleak House
- Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
- A. The Aubrey/Maturin series.
- Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
- A. Find what's original about you and put it into words.
- Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
- A. Where do you get your ideas?
- Q. How did you come to write Dog on It?
- A. My wife said, How about doing something with dogs? The basic building blocks came to me right there at the kitchen table: two detective pals; narration by the four-legged one; and all in the first person, which I'd never tried before in a novel. Plus the most important thing - Chet would not be a talking dog (or be undoggy in any way) but would be a narrating dog. Anything that thinks and has memory must have a narrative going on inside. I went to the office - over the garage, commuting distance fifteen feet - and wrote the first page. Then I wanted to know what happened next.