About Amanda Marrone
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Book seller, cocktail waitress, teacher
Q. Favorite job
Q. High school and/or college
A. North Shore High School on Long Island and SUNY Cortland
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Stephen Sondheim
Q. Favorite movie
A. I can't narrow it down--The Wizard of Oz, The Sure Thing, Sweeney Todd, Elf, Spirited Away
Q. Favorite television show
A. Some past and present favorites--Buffy, Angel, X-Files, America's Next Top Model, Survivor, Veronica Mars, Big Bang Theory, Gilmore Girls
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Expect good things to happen.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. The basement or dark rooms after watching a scary show.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Going to see a Broadway show before jetting off to Scotland.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. There are so many, but Stephen Sondheim is an amazingly talented man.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Bad choices in high school.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Publishing a book.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
Q. What’s your best quality?
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. A broadway star.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Spike--though he turns into a hero.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. rude people
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Broadway star
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Kindness, a sense of humor and a positive outlook.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Grilled Chicken Salad
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. This changes all the time, but right now Johanna, Not While I'm Around, and Pretty Women from Sweeney Todd, Bitch of Living and Don't do Sadness from Spring Awakening, and Home by the Talking Heads--hmmm--that's six.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Wow--too many to mention, but as teen I loved Stephen King, Anne Rice, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and Piers Anthony.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. It changes all the time, but as a teen I loved Anne of Green Gables, A Spell for Chameleon, and Salem's Lot. Recently I was blown away by Unwind and The Hunger Games.
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Bridge to Terabithia
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Read a lot!