About Tabitha Suzuma
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Translator, dance teacher, infant school teacher, special needs teacher.
Q. Favorite job
Q. High school and/or college
A. High school: French Lycee in London, UK. College: King's College London, UK.
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
Q. Favorite movie
A. The Hours
Q. Favorite television show
A. Prison Break
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Mad, hectic, passionate, desperate and overflowing with emotions.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears. (Camus)
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. New Caledonia
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Virginia Woolf
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Michael J Fox
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. "Um". When I'm interviewed I say "um" after every other word.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not writing for 10 years after I nearly got published at 17.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Concert pianist (like my brother!)
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Writing FORBIDDEN
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Not being able to get up in the mornings
Q. What’s your best quality?
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. Myself (without the many flaws!)
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. Somewhat extreme emotions
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Lochan Whitely (Forbidden)
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Cruella DeVille
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. TV commercials. All of them.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Listening to my brother play the piano.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Concert pianist.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Empathy, emotional intelligence, open-mindedness.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Summertime, On My Own, Everybody Knows, The Show Must Go On and pretty much anything by Greyson Chance!
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Authors who write YA: S.E. Hinton K.M. Peyton Robert Cormier Lois Duncan Authors who write for adults: Elizabeth Wurtzel Lionel Shriver Maggie O'Farrell Kay Redfield Jamison Michael Cunningham
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. The Hours by Michael Cunningham An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Only do it if you can't imagine doing anything else.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. "This book will stay with me forever."