Author Revealed

About Jenny Nelson

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 7/9

Q. Previous occupations

A. Web editor and producer, public relations

Q. Favorite job

A. Writing

Q. High school and/or college

A. Mamaroneck High School; Wake Forest University, St. Louis University in Madrid, University of Colorado at Denver (I liked moving around!)

Q. Favorite movie

A. Lost in Translation

Q. Favorite television show

A. The Wire

Revealing Questions

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

A. Happy, hectic, rewarding, hopeful, funny ... and sometimes not

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Be your own girl (or boy)! I'm constantly saying this to my twin six-year-old daughters, but it's something we should all try to remember.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. My entire extended family (dogs included, of course) together on a sunny, summer day enjoying a delicious al fresco meal that we've all helped to prepare. There'd have to be a selection of amazing cheese, a bottle or two of rose, grilled fish, a bunch of salads made with veggies from the garden, and my favorite dessert: my mom's angel food cake with mocha filling, whipped cream frosting and dark chocolate shavings. Oh, and berries, too, because every dessert tastes better with berries.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Not my greatest, but a fear nonetheless: getting stuck in an elevator -- seriously, I'm a big fan of stairs.

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

A. Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, at sunrise.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Do you know what I mean," "exactly" and/or "totally."

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not taking full advantage of college -- what I would do to take all those amazing classes now!

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

A. Playing piano and being able to pick out tunes by ear.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Writing a novel and getting it published.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Procrastination -- the internet is not always my friend.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I'm a good listener.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. People routinely describe me as "petite" a.k.a "short."

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People who clip their nails on the subway.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Film director

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

A. A sense of humor, honesty, compassion

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

A. Grilled chicken ceasar salad -- it's the perfect meal in a bowl

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Let it Loose, Rolling Stones; Either Way, Wilco; Rock and Roll, Velvet Underground; Embraceable You, Billie Holiday; Stardust, Willie Nelson

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Jhumpa Lahiri, Alice Munro, Jennifer Egan, Jane Austen, Michael Cunningham, Michael Chabon

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

A. Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri; In The Time Of The Butterflies, Julia Alvarez; The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald; Empire Falls, Richard Russo; The House Of Mirth, Edith Wharton

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. The Great Gatsby

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

A. Sit down, turn off your email and write!