Author Revealed

About Laura Furman

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 11/19

Q. Previous occupations

A. Copy editor and university professor

Q. Favorite job

A. Writer--writing almost anything

Q. High school and/or college

A. Hunter College High School (New York City) and Bennington College (Bennington, Vermont)

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. J. S. Bach

Q. Favorite movie

A. "The 400 Blows"

Q. Favorite television show

A. "Lost"

Revealing Questions

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

A. We can see across the valley.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Wherever you go, there you are.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness is a balance of being absolutely in the moment, whatever it is, and accepting that the moment is passing.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Sleeplessness

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

A. Right where I am

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Morris Dees, Founder and Chief Trial Attorney of the Southern Poverty Law Center

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Then

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not taking French in high school and college

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

A. Ballet dancing

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My family

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Thinking I know more than I do about other people

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. A bird

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Persistence

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Nero Wolfe, the homebound detective, gourmand, and orchid grower invented by Rex Stout

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Gilbert Osmond, the villain of Portrait of a Lady by Henry James. He was a liar and a snob, and was heartless.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Incorrect grammar becoming acceptable through usage, such as "To him and I."

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Swimming

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Farmer

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

A. Generosity, honesty, modesty

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

A. Raw almonds

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Anton Chekhov, William Maxwell, Henry James, Willa Cather, Alice Munro, Ivy Compton-Burnett, Olivia Manning, V. S. Pritchett--the list could go on and on.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell