Author Revealed

About Lisa M. Stasse

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 3/16

Q. Previous occupations

A. Digital librarian, photographer, and waitress (in high school).

Q. Favorite job

A. Writer.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Waterville High in upstate New York, and Cornell University.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Beck.

Q. Favorite movie

A. "Drive."

Q. Favorite television show

A. "Mad Men" (before that, it was "Lost").

Revealing Questions

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

A. Espresso fiend, readaholic, photographer, writer, desert island explorer.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "You cannot create experience. You must undergo it." - Albert Camus

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Not worrying about happiness.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Isolation.

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

A. Camping on Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Imogen Cunningham (an awesome photographer).

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Werner Herzog.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Whatever sounds good."

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not taking enough chances.

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

A. Singing in key.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Balancing my checkbook!

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Indecisiveness.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Tenaciousness.

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

A. Halley's Comet (so I could fly around the Solar System and check in on Earth every now and again).

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Freckles (but only in the summer!)

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. "The Man" in Cormac McCarthy's book "The Road." He is living in a postapocalyptic world surrounded by horror, and he protects his son and keeps him alive.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Klaus Kinski in the movie "Nosferatu," or more specifically his fingernails are his scariest part!

On Books and Writing

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen

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

A. Read as many books as you can!