Author Revealed

About Laurie Halse Anderson

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 10/23

Q. Previous occupations

A. Newspaper reporter, journalist, worked on a dairy farm and a pig farm

Q. Favorite job

A. Being a mom. I'm looking forward to being a grandmother in a few years!

Q. High school and/or college

A. Fayetteville-Manlius High School, Høng HF og Studenterkursus, Denmark, Onondaga County Community College, Georgetown University

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. This changes. Right now it's Jill Scott again because her new CD is so amazing.

Q. Favorite movie

A. Four Weddings and a Funeral

Q. Favorite television show

A. NCAA College Basketball

Revealing Questions

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

A. Aswim in love, I play and create. Huzzah!

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. It's not a mistake, if you learn from it.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Serving Thanksgiving dinner in my house with all of our family and friends crowded around the tables.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. I'll lose my memory.

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

A. In the woods.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Nicholas Chatfield, my 3rd great-grandfather, who came to America so he could practice his religion freely.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My father.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Very, Sweetie, Just a few pages more

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not playing basketball in high school.

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

A. I'd love to have a photographic memory.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My children.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. My temper.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I am very good at sitting quietly and absorbing what's going on around me.

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

A. I would be a hawk. Or maybe a wolf. Or a tastetaster at Ben and Jerry's ice cream factory.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I am a hard worker.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Inspector Dalgleish

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Lord Valdemort

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Sergeant Joseph Plumb Martin, "Tell me what the Revolutionary War was really like."

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Rudeness

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

A. It's a tough call; either running or gardening.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I am living it!

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

A. Honesty, sense of humor, and kindness

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

A. Popcorn

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Breathe (2AM) by Anna Nalick; You Gotta Be by Des'ree; Waterfalls by TLC; I'm Still in Love With You by Al Green; Gonna Fly Now by Bill Conti

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. PD James, Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth George

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

A. American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block, Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, and Commonsense by Thomas Paine

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. No

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

A. Turn off the television.

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

A. Thanks for telling the truth.