Author Revealed

About Sandra Brown

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 3/12

Q. Previous occupations

A. Modeling, TV news, weather, and hostess.

Q. Favorite job

A. The one I have now – storytelling.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Richland High School, Fort Worth, Texas. Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Elton John

Q. Favorite movie

A. Out of Africa

Q. Favorite television show

A. Lost

Revealing Questions

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

A. Hectic, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Don't just stand there, get to work.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. The spontaneous, unbridled laughter of children.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Questionnaires

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

A. The Salty Dog, an outdoor bar on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Every writer who’s come before.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. The soldier who watches the news from the US, and still goes out and fights a war for us.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I can’t share here some of my overused words! Phrase: “If it was easy, everybody would do it.”

Q. What do you regret most?

A. When I hurt somebody.

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

A. To dance.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Giving my children a strong work ethic.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I tend to whine.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. A sense of responsibility.

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

A. A Calla lily. It’s strong but graceful, fine all by itself but better when grouped with others.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Hey, y’all, that would be my Texas accent.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Atticus Finch. Is that too easy?

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Henry Faber in Ken Follett’s “Eye of the Needle.”

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

A. Elizabeth I of England. “Way to go, Your Majesty.”

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Mean-spirited people.

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

A. Reading.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Dancer.

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

A. Kindheartedness, initiative, optimism.

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

A. Texas chili with Fritos. I know that’s two things, but it’s only one dish.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Something,” “Amazing Grace,” “Music of the Night,” and my number one, all time favorite – “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Ken Follett, Anita Shreve, John Sanford, Taylor Caldwell, Evelyn Anthony. . .the list is endless.

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

A. “Testimony of Two Men,” “Jany Eyre,” “The Flame and the Flower,” “Eye of the Needle,” and my number one, all time favorite – “Mila 18.”

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. “The Flame and the Flower.”

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

A. Keep your mind on your work, your head out of the clouds, and your butt in the chair.”

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

A. I couldn't put it down.