Author Revealed

About Kate Torgovnick

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 5/12

Q. Previous occupations

A. Movie theater popcorn slinger, spam email writer (sorry)

Q. Favorite job

A. Being a journalist/author!

Q. High school and/or college

A. I went to high school at Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina. Then I headed to Barnard College in New York.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. The Cure

Q. Favorite movie

A. Any documentary. I can't get enough of them.

Q. Favorite television show

A. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Revealing Questions

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. The truth is always stranger than fiction.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Sitting on my roof with a group of friends, sipping drinks and eating smores.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Flying. Which is not so great considering that my job as a journalist calls for me to constantly travel.

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

A. The Galapagos Islands!

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Literally" and "Just sayin'"

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

A. I'd bowl a perfect 300 every time.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Writing this book.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I have to pick one?

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. That I'm fascinated by people.

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Mitchell, Joyce Carol Oates, Susan Orlean, Buzz Bissinger, Stefan Fatsis, Warren St. John

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

A. Up in the Old Hotel, The Orchid Thief, Word Freak, Slaughterhouse-Five, Where the Wild Things Are

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Friday Night Lights

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

A. Get over this idea of "finding your voice." You don't find it—it just is. Just write things the way you want to write them.

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

A. That they love the "characters" in my book—which is exactly what I want to hear because the people I got to follow for CHEER! are amazing.