About Jacob Osborn
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Waiter, ice cream scooper, chemical plant tub washer, telemarketer for fundraisers, sales clerk at a kitchen retail store, restaurant host, caterer
Q. Favorite job
A. Author. Other than that: waiter.
Q. High school and/or college
A. West Windsor Plainsboro High School, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. John Lennon
Q. Favorite movie
A. A Clockwork Orange
Q. Favorite television show
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. An eager, restless, ongoing search for new experiences.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. He who doesn't ask questions will never have answers.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Perfect happiness is a sustained period completely absent of any desire.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. To die in a plane crash.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Adirondacks in upstate New York.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. David Gilmour.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. David Lynch.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Dude. Peace out. Frankly.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not being more selective when choosing a college.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I'd love to be able to play guitar.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Having a book published.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I'm very impatient.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I'm very understanding and often sympathetic, even when it doesn't show.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. David Gilmour.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I'm always picking at my fingernails.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Howard Roark.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Michael Corleone.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I would most likely want to meet James Joyce, so I could bounce all my theories regarding his books off of him. However, from what I've read about the man, he'd likely deflect my questions with enigmatic answers, which would only add to my frustration. Still, I'd love to share a bottle of white wine with the guy.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Religious people who use their beliefs to judge and condemn others.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Working in restaurants.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Honesty, sense of humor, and introspection
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" by Pink Floyd. "A Day in the Life" by The Beatles. "Drive" by The Cars. "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen. "Drain You" by Nirvana.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. In no real order: James Joyce, J.D. Salinger, Bret Easton Ellis, Roald Dahl, Dean Koontz, Wally Lamb, William Faulkner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Max Barry, R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, Stephen King, Chris Van Allsburg, Nelson Demille, George Orwell.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. 1) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 2) Ulysses by James Joyce 3) The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 4) American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis 5) The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. The Catcher in the Rye
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. If you feel you have something unique to offer, don't stop until you've offered it.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. That our main character isn't likeable.