About David Ambrose
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Studied law, never practised
Q. Favorite job
Q. High school and/or college
A. Oxford University
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. J S Bach
Q. Favorite movie
A. "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956 version)
Q. Favorite television show
A. Star Trek
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Independent, intellectually curious, appreciative of life's good things.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Never give in to self-righteousness, your own or other people's.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. A drink before dinner on a perfect summer evening in my garden - or somewhere similar. "Perfect happiness" implies a permanent state of happiness, but it doesn't work like that. Happiness happens in moments. Often it takes you by surprise, but you have to be open to it and able to recognise it whan it creeps up on you. "Goodness me," you say to yourself in mild surprise, "I'm actually in this moment totally happy".
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Immortality. Horribly tempting but dreadful to contemplate. But since it's not on offer yet, I'll have to settle for the usual fears of poverty and pain,
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Swimming in clear blue water off a tropical beach, looking forward to lunch.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Impossible to say without sound pious or frivolous.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. See above.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Nothing I can write down here.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not having directed more plays and films. Working with actors, designers, technicians and all is a wonderful break from the solitariness of writing, and whenever I've done it it's worked out rather well.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. To play jazz piano.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Having lived, on the whole quite well, off my work.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. A tendency to ignore things I find boring but which may be important.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Probably a kind of hang-in-there optimism that never seems to quit, even when I'm in the grips of the deepest depression.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. Cary Grant. Or maybe Mick Jagger. I can't stand his music, but, boy, he must have had a good time.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. Probably vanity, but I'd like to think it was modesty.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Van Helsing or Sherlock Holmes. Especially if played by Peter Cushing.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Dracula or Moriarty. If played by anybody.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Mozart. "How did you do it?"
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. You don't want to know.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Loyalty, humour, tolerance.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Norwegian smoked salmon.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. "Too Late Now" "Have You Met Miss Jones?" "There's a Small Hotel" "Sentimental Journey" "Well, Did You Ever?"
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Kurt Vonnegut Philip K Dick E M Forster P G Wodehouse Graham Greene
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. "The Mind's I" by Douglas Hofstadter and Daniel Dennett "Godel, Escher, Bach" by Douglas Hofstadter "Schrodinger's Cat" by John Gribbin "The House at Pooh Corner" by A A Milne "The Man Who Was Thursday" by G K Chesterton
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. "The Man Who Was Thursday" by G. K. Chesterton
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Beware advice from other writers.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. I hate you - you kept me up all night.