Author Revealed

About Doug Wead

Q. Previous occupations

A. Church and corporate speaker, networker.

Q. Favorite job

A. Feeding the hungry. Through CMI, Mercy Corps, The Charity Awards and others.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Riley High School, South Bend, CCA, Oregon, CBC, Springfield, Mo.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Montavani

Q. Favorite movie

A. Jean de Florette and The Godfather, Part II

Q. Favorite television show

A. Well, I watch the news but it doesn't mean I like it.

Revealing Questions

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

A. To love, laugh, learn more from another day.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Delay is death - Peter the Great

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I'm convinced it is a decision. I remember well the moment as a teenager when I firmly decided I was going to be happy. And although I have hurt as much as any normal person has hurt, usually because of my own mistakes, I have never forgotten that promise to myself.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. That I will die before I get my home movies edited.

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

A. Home with my wife and all my children.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. William Herndon, Lincoln's law partner, who was hated by many for telling us so much. And yet, the best of what we know of Lincoln we owe to Herndon.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Dan O'Neil, co-founder of Mercy Corps. He did it all perfectly.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. If I knew, I certainly wouldn't repeat them here.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not taking more pictures of my youngest child.

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

A. The ability to answer inconsequential, trivia questions and do so quickly.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. I once finished a 100,000 piece puzzle of the Neuschwanstein Castle.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm indecisive. Well, maybe not.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I don't know and that is probably it.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. An unexplainable cough.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. George Smiley; from John LeCarre's novels

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

A. Jeanne d’Arc. And I would say, “Listen, young lady. You don’t have to lie at your upcoming trial but you could be little bit more like our own Bill Clinton and just not tell them everything.”

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Clichés.

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

A. Reading

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Beta testing computer strategy games

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

A. Accuracy and the ability to count.

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

A. M and M's peanuts.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Theme from Jean de Florette by Jean-Claude Petit, The Godfather Theme, Somewhere Out There, The Rainbow Connection, There's a Place for Us.

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Antonia Fraser, Shelby Foote, Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre, JRR Tolkein, John LeCarre', Doris Kerns Goodwin, Stephen Ambrose, David McCullough, Martin Gilbert, Leon Uris, James Clavell, Will Durant, William Manchester, Len Deighton.

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

A. The Lord of the Rings, The Civil War: A Narrative, Shogun. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Freedom at Midnight

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. The Proverbs from the Bible

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

A. Get an agent.

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

A. Where do you get your information?