Author Revealed

About Jane Elizabeth Hughes

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 9/7

Q. Previous occupations

A. Professor of international finance, CIA analyst

Q. Favorite job

A. Writing! But I also love teaching, and loved working for the Agency.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Princeton

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Bruce Springsteen

Q. Favorite movie

A. Apollo 13 (I love Tom Hanks)

Q. Favorite television show

A. I had to give up Grey's Anatomy after they killed Derek off, so now it's The Good Wife.

Revealing Questions

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

A. Granny. Mom. Wife. Daughter. Friend. Writer. Professor.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Family is everything.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness is curling up with a good book, a cat purring in my lap, a bag of popcorn and Diet Pepsi at my side -- and my family all around me.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Flying! Also spiders, snakes, and anything creepy-crawly.

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

A. It's winter here in Boston, so...Florida? Mexico? Anywhere but here?

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Queen Elizabeth I

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. The inventor of WAZE

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Sure, I'll babysit. Pass me the white wine. Are there any more mashed potatoes?

On Books and Writing

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Every book by Elizabeth Peters, especially the Amelia Peabody Emerson and Vicky Bliss books.

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

A. It's really hard and frustrating, but DON'T GIVE UP!!

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

A. I have a mad crush on the hero in your book.