Author Revealed

About Nikki Van Noy

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 11/11

Q. Previous occupations

A. Editor

Q. Favorite job

A. This one--writing! I especially love writing about bands because I get to travel too.

Q. High school and/or college

A. St. Francis High School (Sacramento, CA) / Harvard

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Dave Matthews Band

Q. Favorite movie

A. Alfie

Q. Favorite television show

A. Six Feet Under

Revealing Questions

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

A. Happy, creative, adventure-filled, fulfilling, silly, unstructured, active.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Where the Mystery is the deepest is the gate of all that is subtle and wonderful." -- Tao Te Ching

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness is wanting to be exactly where you are at any given moment.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Writer's block.

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

A. London

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My mom--she's awesome.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Dude (I can't help it--I'm from California).

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not studying abroad when I had the opportunity.

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

A. Mastering guitar--okay, I'll even settle for getting to the point where I don't suck.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Maintaining friendships with people strewn all over the world.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Two words: Stress. Case.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I'm compassionate. Oh, and I make the world's best apple crisp.

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

A. Me.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I have a dimple ... as in just one.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. I don't know that I'd call him a hero, but my favorite fictional character is Oskar Schell from "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." So endearing, he jumps off the pages.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Does Oscar the Grouch count?

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

A. Frank Sinatra. I wouldn't necessarily want to say anything, but I would love to see him perform.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People talking on their cell phones at the cash register and ignoring the cashier.

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

A. Road tripping.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Yoga instructor.

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

A. Kindness, honesty, and humor.

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

A. Pizza, hands-down.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "Real Lives" by The Cure; "Yellow" by Coldplay; "You Never Know" by Dave Matthews Band; "Breathe Me" by Sia; "Wonderful Love" by Creeper Lagoon

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. John Irving, Bill Bryson, and Audrey Niffenegger

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

A. The World According to Garp; Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; Adventures of the Thunderbolt Kid; The Time Traveler's Wife; The Great Gatsby

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. The Great Gatsby (with Catcher in the Rye at a close second)

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

A. Just get it on the page--you can worry about perfecting in later drafts.