Author Revealed

About Liz Funk

Q. Previous occupations

A. I have been a babysitter, grocery store cashier, writing tutor, office assistant, newspaper columnist, and newspaper blogger

Q. Favorite job

A. I think I'm in it! I love being an author

Q. High school and/or college

A. I went to Clayton A. Bouton High School in Voorheesville, New York and Pace University in New York City

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Michael Buble

Q. Favorite movie

A. When Harry Met Sally

Q. Favorite television show

A. Arrested Development

Revealing Questions

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

A. Writer fascinated by women's issues, ambition, and architecture

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "I am open to exploring the wonder of my life."

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness would be having meaningful work, strong relationships, and upbeat daily interactions with strangers. More specifically, perfect happiness would include lots of networking, relationship-building, skim lattes, yoga, domestic travel, French films, Fresca, claw foot tubs, and pretzels.I'm lucky to have virtually all of these things in my life right now, with the exception of the claw foot tub.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Death.

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

A. A prewar brownstone with bay windows on a lively street in Brooklyn

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Betty Friedan

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Maria Semple (author)

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Sorry" and "weird."

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not knowing when I've been really, really lucky in periods of my life.

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

A. I would love to sing well.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Organizing a tour of paid lectures at nearly 100 colleges in the years after "Supergirls Speak Out" was published.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. When I'm talking on the phone, I'm incapable of doing anything else but talking on the phone.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I'm passionate.

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

A. I would like to be clairvoyant--but just for one week!

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I have very light, long blonde hair.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. I love Eloise, the children's book character.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. I was always really intrigued by Cruella de Vil.

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

A. I would love to meet Steve Jobs and ask him about innovation and entrepreneurship.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People listening to portable entertainment (TV/music) on their phones in public places without headphones.

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

A. I love to look at art, go to museums, and paint.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I would love to be an architect.

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

A. Passion, innovation, and creativity

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

A. Raspberries

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "Crash" by Dave Matthews Band; "America," covered by Josh Groban; "Come Fly with Me," covered by Michael Buble; "The Girl from iPanema" by Astrud Gilberto; and "San Francisco" by Foxygen

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. I love Jonathan Franzen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nick McDonell, Alexandra Robbins, Leslie Bennetts, Laura Sessions Stepp, Augusten Burroughs, Candace Bushnell, Arundati Roy, David Amsden, Dan Brown, Kay Thompson, Nicholas Sparks, J.K. Rowling, J.D. Salinger, Andrea Dworkin, Howard Zinn, and Louise Rennison.

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

A. "Strong Motion," by Jonathan Franzen "Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture," by Ariel Levy "The Da Vinci Code," by Dan Brown "Eloise: The Ultimate Edition," by Kay Thompson "The Third Brother," by Nick McDonell

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. I have the Harry Potter series near-memorized.

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

A. Don't be afraid to think outside the box!

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

A. How old are you?! You're not even old enough to drink!