About Randy Susan Meyers
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Bartender, Violence Prevention Counselor, Community Center Director, Non-profit administrator, grand writer,
Q. Favorite job
A. I loved being a camp counselor and a camp director. I love love love being a writer.
Q. High school and/or college
A. Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn, City College of New York.
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Harry Connick Jr. on stage makes me weak in the knees. Maybe that's why my husband only took me once.
Q. Favorite movie
A. "Terms of Endearment," makes me weep until my eyes close up. I can't watch it more than once every few years.
Q. Favorite television show
A. "Breaking Bad," which is an education in writing an anti-hero that people root for. How do they do it?
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Reads voraciously, loves husband, family & friends, treasures writing
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” —GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Lying on a beach, under an umbrella, reading an absolutely fantastic book, after swimming, while not worrying about how I look. (Could this ever happen?)
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. My greatest fears all have to do with my children, and being a suspicious type, I won't ever write what they are! As my grandmother used to say, ptoi, don't say it!
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. In the mythic beach house of my dreams (probably the one from the movie SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE.)
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Belva Plain--the writer who began later in life and continued forever!
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Jimmy Carter: He never walks away from his moral compass and work in an untiring manner for women's rights.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. I'm sorry.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Being handy around the house. I am regrettably unable to use tools without injuring myself and others.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Raising my incredible daughters.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Expecting my husband to be so stupid that he would answer this question when I asked him.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I'm quick to forgive almost all transgressions (except hurting my children.)
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I'll keep being me--I like my family and friends too much to leave--but I'll be me thinner and without the forehead lines.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I smile (perhaps too much--it makes my face into an apple) and can't help making jokes all the time.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Francie Nolan from "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" -- she was my childhood touchstone.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Allie Fox from "Mosquito Coast" by Paul Troux--he is a spot-on capture of a man destroying everyone around him because he is so steeped in his righteousness.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat, who saved nearly 100,000 Hungarians during the Holocaust--and lost his freedom, and then life in the process. All I could say is "thank you," and "I am in awe of you."
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Entitlement--which shows in so many ways: cutting in line, tailgating, etc.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. I am absolutely doing it!
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Kindness. Responsibility. Warmth.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Stuffing made from my grandmother's recipe.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. "Come Rain or Come Shine" by Ray Charles ('our' song,) "At Last" by Etta James (for my husband,) "Down On My Knees" by Ayo (best heartbreak song,) "She Works Hard for the Money" by Donna Summer (from when I was a bartender,) "Reach Out For Me" by Dionne Warwick (from second date with husband,"
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Mary GordonOlivia GoldsmithRosellen BrownLarry McMurtyWally Lamb
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. MOSQUITO COAST by Paul TherouxDRINKING: A LOVE STORY by Caroline KnappTHE SUICIDE INDEX by Joan WickershamSHE'S COME UNDONE by Wally LambBEFORE AND AFTER by Rosellen Brown
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. MOSQUITO COAST by Paul Theroux, an education in using a young narrator and the best capture of a family in thrall to the madman within.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Revise until you feel it hit in your heart and gut, and you don't think you can make it any better.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. "I stayed up much to late so I could finish your book." I love hearing that, because I love books where you GOTTA know.