Thursday, January 15, 2009

Questions and Answers -

From the blog of Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent:

Here are your questions:
(and here are my answers)

If you’re a writer, what do you write? Mostly fiction and essays. What do you do you do when you’re not writing? I read.

→Are you published? Agented? Hopeful? Stalking me? Published, not agented, and very hopeful. At times very discouraged. I’m not a stalker or an ax-murderer, though.

→What do you love about books? What drives you crazy about books? I love: Engrossing storytelling. I hate: redundancy that assumes readers aren’t intelligent.

→Starbucks, Peets, or Folger’s Crystals? Hot chocolate or peppermint tea

→The beach, the mountains, or completely lost and without a map? Beach and mountains and I’m always lost, hopeless with or without maps, but my new GPS does help. At least she talks to me in a calm, reassuring voice.

→Running, walking, working out at the gym, or lying on the couch with a bag of Cheetos? I would love to just walk. My ankle was remodeled the day after the election and I’m still on crutches. It has been humbling, especially the 6-week wheelchair phase. And when I’m off crutches I can go back to my Rusty Joints and Silver Sneakers exercise classes. Granted, I’m the youngest there, but the older folks are lovely and the classes meet my needs.

→Are you excited about the new seasons of “Lost” and “American Idol”? If not, what’s wrong with you? I am a huge "Lost" fan. I even got my Finnish daughter-in-law hooked on it. With the English subtitles she doesn’t miss a thing. They’re a season behind in Finland, so when she visits we always catch up with a “Lost” marathon and she goes home ahead of the other fans in Finland.

To be brutally honest, I haven’t caught the “American Idol” bug. There. I feel like I've just been to a 12-step meeting. What a relief!

→If you were a color, what color would you be . . .just kidding.
I am drawn to blue.

→Here’s a $25,000 advance. How will you spend it? (This is not a trick question. Don’t try to impress me. I’m off in the mountains right now, not even reading your answers.) I live in the foothills of the mountains, so I’m not trying to impress you . . . $5K to each of our three sons to assist them in completing their graduate studies (medicine, exercise physiology and electrical engineering), $5K for home improvements, and $5K for the trip of a lifetime for my husband and me. My charitable donations are already specified in my will (cancer research, humane society, services for abused women and children), so this $25K would be conscience-free money.

→Twitter: Fun social media tool or harbinger of the literary apocalypse? I haven’t started Twittering yet, but it’s on my to-do list.

→Kindle: Useful reading device or harbinger of the literary apocalypse? I have just ordered a Kindle and can’t wait. When I travel, just think of it - - one item in the carry-on (with limitless possibilities) in the place of all those books I always pack! Plus, my novel is in Kindle format, so that's cool.

→If a picture paints a thousand words, how many pictures do 80,000 words paint? Ideally, a picture in every scene.

→What book do you wish you had written? Why didn’t you? Last night I thought of an exciting premise for a book. I even had a title and a favorite poem that tied in beautifully. So - - - - just for the heck of it I do a Google Search and what do I find? A book with my title, which also uses the same poem! But all similarities end there. So I can be creative and still write this, but what a blow, initially!

Where do you live? I live in the Rocky Mountains. Think 2002 Olympics images to visualize how beautiful our mountains are.

Do sentences ending in prepositions bother you? Hmm. About prepositions, I’m a bit old school, so some sentences ending in prepositions do bother me (my best/worst example is colloquial: “Where are you at?”) Churchill’s words are always there to accuse me: “This is something up with which I cannot put!”

Favorite author? Edith Wharton, John Knowles, Ann Patchett, Anne Tyler, Charles Dickens, William Faulkner . . . to name a few.

If you had a reality show, what would its title be? “I Couldn’t Wait for Success, so I Went Ahead Without It” (quote from Jonathan Winters)> It would feature people who've beat the odds and succeeded in any and all fields. Everybody will get a rose. And nobody will get voted off the island. Everybody wins.


Anna Maria Junus said...

Fun questions and answers!

Pam Williams said...

Thought provoking questions and snappy answers, especially 'hot chocolate and peppermint tea.' I couldn't have answered most of these questions in such interesting ways. As far as popular culture, I'm strictly an observer. I've never seen 'Lost' or 'American Idol.' There's something creepy about setting somebody up to be an idol. Give me the food channel or HGTV any day.