'Please, Open this Book!' by Adam Lehrhaupt
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Create as much as possible, love deeply, and enjoy every moment.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. On a cool sunny day, I sit in the shade of a tree at the edge of a beach. A light breeze blows across, and ruffles the pages of my book. I can hear my kids playing in the sand to my side. My wife dozes contentedly on our blanket. Birds chirp quietly in the distance. Moisture glistens as it runs down the side of my cold beverage. Yeah, that about sums it up.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. I've always been partial to the Norse gods, because they are divine, but flawed. I like the duality that is there. But, if we are talking about in a book, I'll take the tree in the Giving Tree. A selfless hero to look up to.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. If we are talking historical literary character, I'd go with The Fool, from King Lear. This might be partially due to loving the book Fool by Christopher Moore, but I loved Lear when I studied it in college and always wondered about this character. He seems smart and put together, but he follows this raving mad man around the countryside. I'd want to know why and what he got out of it.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. I say 'like' a lot. Also, I add a lot of commas that don't need to be there. For instance, that one.