Author Revealed

About Lucy Ruth Cummins

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 7/28

Q. Previous occupations

A. Movie theatre girl and Taco Bell-ista.

Q. Favorite job

A. I love designing books for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Cortland Junior Senior High School and the Pratt Institute.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Britney Spears.

Q. Favorite movie

A. Fargo.

Q. Favorite television show

A. The Wire.

Revealing Questions

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

A. Born: Montreal. Raised: Cortland. Resides: Brooklyn. Currently: happy.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Ad astra!" ("Ever skyward!")

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. A painful, drawn-out death.

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

A. Paris.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Barack Obama.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Redundant," "charming," "mechanization," and "awesome."

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

A. The ability to play the banjo or accordian. Really.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Over-sensitivity.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. My sense of humor.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My tiny nose.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Being made late by others.

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

A. Graphic design, of course!

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Pomeranian breeder who moonlights in book design.

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

A. Warmth, intelligence, and self-awareness.

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

A. McDonald's french fries.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "Kate" Ben Folds Five, "This Flight Tonight" Joni Mitchell, "Too Close" Next, "Tonight" West Side Story, "Summer Feeling" Jonathan Richman.

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Joan Didion, J.D. Salinger, Mark Strand, William Steig, Jonathan Franzen, and Jon Krakauer.

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

A. "Freedom" Jonathan Franzen, "A Bargain for Frances" Russell Hoban, "The Executioner's Song" Norman Mailer, "With Malice Toward None" Stephen B. Oates, and "The Catcher in the Rye" J.D. Salinger.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Nope. I'm a "once-only" kinda gal.

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

A. I look forward to a day when I can answer this with authority.