Author Revealed

About Ramsey Hootman

Q. Previous occupations

A. EFL teacher, travel writer.

Q. Favorite job

A. Writing!

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Beethoven.

Q. Favorite movie

A. The original Star Wars trilogy.

Q. Favorite television show

A. NYPD Blue.

Revealing Questions

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

A. An exercise in patience and perseverance.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Be Alyosha, not Ivan.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. It doesn't exist; only contentment.

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

A. Right here.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. At the risk of sounding like an egomaniac, Dr. Samuel Johnson.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My father.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Probably actually, actually. And probably.

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

A. I'm going to loosely interpret "talent" as "superpower" and say flying.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Becoming a mother.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm supposed to reveal my personal kryptonite to the general public? That doesn't seem like a good plan...

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I'm deeply passionate.

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

A. Robin. (I'd say Batman, but I'll take a pass on the whole perpetual depression thing.)

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I suck at casual chit-chat.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Batman. Followed closely by Sherlock Holmes.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Darth Vader. (And you thought I was going to say the Joker.)

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

A. This is a major tossup between Samuel Johnson and Alexander Hamilton. If it were Johnson, I'd just want to tag along for a while and listen in on his conversations. If it were Hamilton, I'd tell him how much I admire him, what an impact he's had on the world, and how he's changed my personal view of history.

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

A. Reading. Is that a huge surprise?

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Orthotist.

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

A. Cheese. Definitely cheese.

On Books and Writing

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

A. Something Wicked This Way ComesA Canticle for LeibowitzThe Brothers KaramazovThe Once and Future KingBeowulf

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. The Martian Chronicles.

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

A. Take your time and do your research.