Author Revealed

About Sergio Ruzzier

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 11/28

Q. Previous occupations

A. Delivery boy on a bike, Persian rug store clerk, rare book and print librarian.

Q. Favorite job

A. Picture book author and illustrator, which is what I am.

Q. High school and/or college

A. A technical high school in Milan, Italy.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Paolo Conte. Gustav Mahler.

Q. Favorite movie

A. "Il posto" by Ermanno Olmi.

Q. Favorite television show

A. "Scacciapensieri", a 1970's anthology of animated cartoons on the Italian Swiss television.

Revealing Questions

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

A. Played, wasted time, suffered, wrote, drew, took walks.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Nasci, Pati, Mori.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Walking in the countryside in central Italy, visiting antique churches. Going back home, cook and eat.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Infirmity.

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

A. In a farmhouse in central Italy.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Any foot soldier in the First World War.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My girlfriend.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "For example."

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not to have traveled more when I could.

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

A. Musical talent.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My daughter.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Susceptibility.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I don't know.

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

A. A Medieval fresco painter.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I don't know.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Jimmy Corrigan.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. The Old Man of the Mountain in a Betty Boop cartoon.

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

A. Ibn Battuta. I would ask him to take me with him. At least for part of his travels.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Unnecessary car honking.

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

A. Walking.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. The one I'm doing, writing and drawing. That's lucky.

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

A. Generosity, humor, talent.

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

A. Stuffed calamari.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "Lo scapolo" (Paolo Conte), "Con una rosa" (Vinicio Capossela), "A Little Rain" (Tom Waits), "Suzanne" (Leonard Cohen), "Albergo a ore" (Herbert Pagani).

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Edward Gorey, Thomas Bernhard, Giorgio Bassani, Edward Lear, Arnold Lobel, Charles Schulz, Tiziano Scarpa, George Herriman, Tove Jansson, Massimiliano Tappari.

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

A. "Destiny" by Otto Nuckel. "The Doubtful Guest" by Edward Gorey. "The Other Side" by Alfred Kubin. "Senos" by Ramon Gomez de la Serna. "Pinocchio" by Carlo Collodi.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. "Pinocchio", to my daughter.

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

A. Beware of advice.

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

A. "Original."