What should you answer if you are an Author


A different perspective to the famous Proust/Pivot/Lipton questionnaire; a way to tackle the questions with a cheat sheet. Use this shortcut if you have no bloody idea what to say.

What should you answer if you are an Author

Where would like to be right now?

On Walden Pond.

Who is your favorite writer?


What word or words are indispensable in your writing?

It was a dark and stormy night…

Who or what is the greatest love of your life?

My muse and my pen.

When are you happiest?

In the library, writing, reading and researching.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I’d love to be able to draw really good cartoons.

When do you lie?

I’ve never stopped.

What is your favorite word?


What is your least favorite word?


What do you fear?

A blank page.

What’s your major defect?

Writing gibberish on the public bathroom stalls.

What’s your greatest virtue?

My endings. You never know what is going to happen until the end.

What’s your motto?

“In the beginning was the Word.”

What’s your favorite curse word?


What’s your favorite play?

Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of An Author.

What’s your favorite book?

Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes.

What’s your favorite movie?

A Fine Madness with Sean Connery.

What don’t you like about yourself?


What trait do you most dislike in others?

The lethal mixture of ignorance, intolerance and arrogance.

Whom do you admire?

The passionate reader.

Whom do you despise?

Politicians and lobbyists who favor more money for weapons and war, than for education.

What profession, other than your own, would you to take a stab at?

I’d like to be a kindergarten teacher and marvel at the imagination of my students.

What profession would you never try?

I’d hate to be a vomit collector at an amusement park.

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

“I’ve read your book, I loved it. Please write another one.”

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