Author Revealed

About Taylor Jenkins Reid

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 12/20

Q. Previous occupations

A. I worked in movie casting and then in education.

Q. Favorite job

A. I love being a writer so much that I almost can't believe that I am one. But that's a boring answer, so I'll say that I loved being the casting assistant on Iron Man.

Q. High school and/or college

A. I went to Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Massachusetts and Emerson College in Boston.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. (Other than Beyonce...) Tegan & Sara and Fiona Apple

Q. Favorite movie

A. Before Sunrise is high on the list. As are Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and When Harry Met Sally...

Q. Favorite television show

A. It's a tie between Friday Night Lights and The Office.

Revealing Questions

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

A. Absolutely fantastic even if I sometimes forget that.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Sometimes you are strong, sometimes you are weak.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. The moment on a trampoline between jumping and landing.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Snakes and car accidents.

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

A. Paris. Paris. Paris. Paris. Paris.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Does Lucille Ball count as "history?" Even if she doesn't, I still want to choose her.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. I know I should say someone that helps people but my real answer is Beyonce.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. You know. Super. Insane. Interesting.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. That juice cleanse.

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

A. Singing. I'd sing all day, every day, all the time if I thought it didn't sound like dying cats.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Putting myself through school.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Absent-mindedness.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I love fiercely.

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

A. I really hate to answer "Beyonce" twice but...

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. That I'm either wearing glasses or squinting because I can't see you.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Jay Gatsby.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Daniel Cleaver from Bridget Jones's Diary.

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

A. Cleopatra. I'd ask her to tell me her story in her own words.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. When I can't find a parking spot.

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

A. Cooking.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Baker.

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

A. Humor, Patience, Compassion.

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

A. Guacamole and chips.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. This is impossible to answer! But rest assured they are all by Beyonce. (or Tegan & Sara.)

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Nora Ephron, Curtis Sittenfeld, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jeffrey Eugenides, Nick Hornby, Rainbow Rowell, Steve Martin... I could go on for days.

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

A. The Great GatsbyThe Perks of Being a WallflowerMiddlesexShopgirlThe Fault in Our Stars

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. The Great Gatsby.

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

A. Value truth over wit.

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

A. That I made them cry. Which is a huge compliment, so I smile. And then I seem like a sadist.