Author Revealed

About Thomas Leveritt

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 12/16

Q. Previous occupations

A. I was (and am) a painter.

Q. Favorite job

A. Soldiering.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Harrow School, then Cambridge.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. I'm serially monogamous. Currently, Jenny Lewis.

Q. Favorite television show

A. Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip.

Revealing Questions

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

A. Running off in all directions at once.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. It's hours before midnight that count.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Being in love and able to sleep, and having come down from an early evening shower, hair combed and a fresh shirt on (extra starch), warm air blowing off the sea, and someone putting a pre-dinner drink in my hand, ice clinking. In other words, a Zara poster.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Overhead lighting.

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

A. Home (home is a person, of course, not a place).

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. The mob.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Thomas Pynchon's pretty special.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Raise."

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Aging. Or, as we say in England, ageing.

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

A. Standing backflip.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Falling in love.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Overthinking.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Being evasive.

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

A. Think I'm honor-bound to say myself, no?

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I talk too fast.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Yossarian.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Gordon Gekko.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People who say they can totally tell the difference between the vodkas.

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

A. Chess.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. What I really want to do is direct.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Grilled cheese sandwich: white bread, Tesco economy mild cheddar, tomatoes, lettuce and tabasco. Chocolate milk to chase.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Let Down, Radiohead; The Execution of All Things, Rilo Kiley; Just Like Christmas, Low; Modern Girl, Sleater-Kinney; Surface to Air, The Chemical Brothers.

On Books and Writing

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon) Mason & Dixon (Thomas Pynchon) Vineland (Thomas Pynchon) Already Dead (Denis Johnson) Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Sho nuf: Gravity's Rainbow.

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

A. Imagine you're writing an email to a friend; continue for 80,000 words.

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

A. Which character are you?

Q. How did you come to write The Exchange-Rate Between Love and Money?

A. I started out trying to write a simple love triangle; just three relationships and their accompanying sex scenes. But life got in the way, as it will, and it ended up being as much about Sarajevo, Business and The Gun as fleshy treasures.

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