Author Revealed

About Scott Gummer

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 4/1

Q. Previous occupations

A. carpet store janitor, airplane washer, winery gardener, truck brake assembler, Tony Roma's waiter, Madison Avenue ad agency peon, freelance fact-checker, LIFE magazine writer, EA SPORTS videogame marketer, dot.goner, GOLF magazine travel editor

Q. Favorite job

A. youth sports coach

Q. High school and/or college

A. Santa Rosa High School (Go Panthers!) and University of Oregon (Go Ducks!)

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Johnny Hartman

Q. Favorite movie

A. tie: "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and the first half of "Stripes"

Q. Favorite television show

A. Saved by the Bell (no, really)

Revealing Questions

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

A. Parent, work, sleep, bathe, parent, work, sleep, repeat.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds." —Francis Bacon

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. One full day when work never creeps into my mind

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. dental work

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

A. Incline Village, NV

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Average Joe

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Muhammad Ali

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "There is a school of thought..."

Q. What do you regret most?

A. not sticking with the ukulele

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

A. the ability to stop time

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. first place in wild cow milking at an amateur rodeo

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. my habit of not finishing sentences, which my children think

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. willingness to help friends move

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

A. a puppy in a loving home

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. the tendencay to slip into a thick Scottish accent

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Tintin

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Lord Whatshisname

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

A. Amelia Earhart: "Take my cell phone, just in case."

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Phonies

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

A. small wave surfer

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Ambassador to Sweden

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

A. hygiene, optimism, and blind allegiance to at least one sports team

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

A. Lucky Charms

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Dedicated to You by Johnny Hartman, Ja, må han leva; Maggie May; Baba O'Riley; anything from Outlandos d'Amour

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Then: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., J.D. Salinger, John Irving Now: J.K. Rowling, Tom Perrotta, Nick Hornby

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

A. The Catcher in the Rye, The World According to Garp, Little Children, How to Be Good, King Ottokar's Sceptre from The Adventures of Tintin.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Worth the Wait: The San Francisco Giants official 2010 World Series championship commemorative

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

A. Study nursing.

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

A. You write like you talk. (Is that a compliment?)