Author Revealed

About Sunny Schwartz

Q. Favorite job

A. Program Administrator

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Stevie Wonder and George Gershwin and Mozart--I can't name one!

Q. Favorite movie

A. A Thousand Clowns and West Side Story

Q. Favorite television show

A. Mod Squad or House

Revealing Questions

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

A. paradoxical, rich, tough, thrilling, loving, fun and challenging

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Even when you're down and out, you can hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth and tie the game!

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. many perfect pictures of happiness, the first one come to mind is having a picnic on a warm summer day, with the low tone of a baseball game playing on the portable radio, while I watch my daughter looking for a monach butterfly

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game and not making it to the plate

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

A. Thailand

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Frances Benjamin Johnston or Atticus Finch

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My Partner

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Let's Stipulate to this

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not learning to play a musical Instrument

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

A. playing the clarinet or guitar

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Passing the California Bar and being a Mom

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Impatience

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. passion for life

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. a bird so I can fly

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. my chicago accent, so they say

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Atticus Finch

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Captain Hook

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Satchel Paige and to ask him how he kept his humor and dignity through it all

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. bullies

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

A. creating in jails and community educational programs for prisoners, victims and the community

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. being a professional baseball player

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. As (Stevie Wonder), Everyday People (Sly), Helpless Hoping (CSNY),Mandela (Hugh Masa Kela), It's a Beautiful Day (Bono)

On Books and Writing

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Your Baby and Child!

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. never give up

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. I am delightfully shocked

Q. How did you come to write Dreams from the Monster Factory?

A. I wanted to write a book to reveal a more civilized society that is based on restoration rather than retribution, to help bring the voice to all those harmed by violence and other crimes, to demonstrate peoples’ capacity to evolve and to change how we incarcerate people. Dreams From the Monster Factory is meant to show readers that our jails and prisons embody our individual struggles as well as our societal struggles. Most importantly, Dreams shows how we can and must reconfigure our criminal justice system so it is a place of accountability and change for everyone’s dignity and safety. Every person I have ever brought to see our jails, whether it was a housewife or venture capitalist, walked away stunned about both the decay and the potential of the human spirit and our ability to change. Since I can’t bring everyone into our prison facilities, I thought I would bring the jails to people by way of this book. I hope you can empathize with the struggles and triumphs of people in these pages as well as see how important it is to come together. By thinking critically, we can stop doing business as usual and can work together to bring about a peaceful revolution for everyone’s sake!



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