About Jim Averbeck
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. bottle boy, salesperson, sod inspector, civil engineer, Peace Corps volunteer, customer service, software designer, author/illustrator
Q. Favorite job
Q. High school and/or college
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
Q. Favorite movie
Q. Favorite television show
A. The Wire
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Half over, half remaining. The best half, hopefully.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Probisco Ergo Sum. (I have schnoz, therefore I am.)
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Freedom to travel and learn.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Losing someone I love.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. With friends.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. The silver medalists.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Nelson Mandela.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. I'm hungry.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. That one lifetime is too short to do everything there is to do.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. I'm a published autor.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I don't floss regularly.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. A sense of humor about my worst quality.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. The wings...no... the horns... no... the wings.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Mr. Frodo Baggins, of Bag End, Hobbiton, The Shire
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Godzilla. He's complex.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Jesus. I'd ask him to have a talk with some of his followers, to straighten a few things out.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Personal grooming on public transit.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Ice cream.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Well respected indie movie star.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Honesty, courtesy and sarcasm.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Ice cream.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Just about anything from Schoolhouse Rock.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Tolkien, Harper Lee, Barbara Kingsolver, Terry Pratchett, Richard Addams, Maurice Sendak
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. LOTR TKAM PB anything disc-y WD WTWTA
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. See above.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. If the problem is with the ending, the solution is in the beginning.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. Oh! You wrote that? I love that!