About James Ponti
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Television Writer and Producer
Q. Favorite job
A. I loved writing the Nickelodeon series the Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
Q. High school and/or college
A. Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach, Florida and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Composer - Aaron Copland Artist - Stevie Wonder
Q. Favorite movie
A. All the President's Men or Some Like it Hot
Q. Favorite television show
A. All time - The West Wing Current - Castle
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not reading more when I was a kid.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I wish I could play a musical instrument.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. My two sons Alex and Grayson.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I talk way too much and sometimes (especially around deadlines) I get moody.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. My sense of humor.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I actual like being just who I am.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I'm big and loud.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Katniss Everdeen is pretty cool
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. My hero of the 20th century is Jackie Robinson. I'd love to meet with him and talk about everything.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. When people say "I could care less" instead of the grammatically correct "I couldn't care less"
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. I love working in television production.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Museum curator.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Honesty. Humor. Intelligence.
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. "One" by U2, "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley. "Through the Fire" by Chaka Khan. "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder. "Gimme Three Steps" by Lynyrd Skynryd.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Suzanne Collins. Carl Hiaasen. Michael Chabon. Michael Connelly. J.D. Salinger. Tom Wolfe. Donald J. Sobol. E. L. Konigsburg.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Tourist Season. Catching Fire. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. The Catcher in the Rye. The Right Stuff.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Trust your heart, you know when it's right.