Author Revealed

About Delilah S. Dawson

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 10/21

Q. Previous occupations

A. Muralist, art teacher, gallery specialist, imaginary Lexus builder, Princess Jasmine impersonator, frazzled cube monkey.

Q. Favorite job

A. Writing, by far. Although I also enjoyed working at a haunted house.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Roswell High School, University of Georgia.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. The Cure is probably my all-time favorite band.

Q. Favorite movie

A. Empire Records, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Real Genius, Penelope, Forgetting Sarah Marshall...

Q. Favorite television show

A. Firefly, Community, the Venture Bros., Frisky Dingo, Archer.

Revealing Questions

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

A. Feel deeply, live brightly, play daily, eat cupcakes.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I used to think I wanted to be a serious artist. Then I realized I didn't want to be a serious anything.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Being surrounded by beauty and excitement and the people I love, having grand adventures, being constantly inspired but always staying hungry for more.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Highway driving. Big trucks. Being lost in the city.

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

A. Somewhere warm with crystal blue water, riding a horse on the beach.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. The uppity women artists with swagger. Georgia O'Keeffe, maybe.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Tina Fey is the Geek Girl Queen. Also Mindy Kaling, Felicia Day, and Mila Kunis.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Little. Everything is little.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not traveling more before I had children.

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

A. Music! I am musically inept in every way.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Surviving teenagerhood to become a functional adult.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm a horrible housekeeper. But I'm great at breeding dustbunnies!

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Adaptability.

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

A. Myself, but six inches taller and MAGIC.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My tragic addiction to awesome shoes, especially boots.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Right now, it's Robin Hood, because I'm knee-deep in writing a steampunk retelling.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Steerpike in Gormenghast.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I would love to hang out and drink absinthe with all the debauched writers and artists in Montmartre in the mid-19th century. "Pass the absinthe," is probably what I would say the most.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. I hate waiting/being bored.

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

A. Climbing trees.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Wizard/author with a pet unicorn. I'd love to travel and speak professionally, too-- with my pet unicorn.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Being interesting, having a good sense of humor, and not being a zombie.

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

A. Cake. Definitely cake.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Just Like Heaven by the Cure, Anything Anything by Dramarama, All I Ever Wanted by The Airborne Toxic Event, License and Registration by Deathcab for Cutie, Boy With a Coin by Iron & Wine

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Diana Gabaldon, Sara Donati, Matthew Stover, Gail Carriger, Deanna Raybourn, Meljean Brook, Stephanie Perkins, Scott Westerfeld, Cassandra Clare, Erin Morgenstern, Norton Juster, Jane Austen, Kurt Vonnegut, J.K. Rowling, Gena Showalter, Karen Marie Moning, Nancy Holder. And many, many more.

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

A. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Heroes Die by Matthew Stover, Watership Down by Richard Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Outlander. I reread the entire series every year!

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

A. Never give up.

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

A. My fav comment so far was, "Can we rename this guy BIG SEXY?"