Author Revealed

About Todd Strasser

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 5/5

Q. Previous occupations

A. Fortune cookie manufacturer (seriously, no joke)

Q. Favorite job

A. Odd

Q. High school and/or college


Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. too many

Q. Favorite movie

A. Get Shorty

Q. Favorite television show

A. South Park/Family Guy

Revealing Questions

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

A. Writing and encouraging a love of reading

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. You don't have to love reading everything, just something

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Writing until three, then spending the rest of the afternoon surfing with my kids

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Being unable to finish the book I'm writing

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

A. Hawaii

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Those who keep trying

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Ben Fountain, at this moment

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Can I have fries with that?

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Ordering fries too often

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

A. To say no

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My children

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. My children

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. My children

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

A. A time machine

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Some people say I'm funny

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Billy Lynn, at this moment (see #8)

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Cartman

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

A. Captain Edward John Smith "Sure looks like a big iceberg. I'd turn around if I were you."

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. No waves

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

A. Surfing

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Surfing

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

A. Perseverance, authenticity, kindness

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

A. a cornucopia

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. On the Fugee's "The Score," at this moment

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. This week, Sherman Alexie, Michael Chabon, Frank McCourt, MT Anderson, Bob Dylan, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Ben Fountain

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

A. Whatever those guys wrote

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

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

A. Keep trying.

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

A. He didn't like reading until he read your book