I love the long, soul-searching interviews that reveal every obstacle and triumph: the author whose agent made her do three revisions before signing her … the author who gets up at 4:30 a.m. to write, because it’s the only time she has to herself … the critically acclaimed author who spent nine years trying to get published … I never tire of this stuff!
Long, luxurious interviews aside, don’t you sometimes find yourself wondering: “But do you like Thai or Chinese food better?”
Reader, I asked them.
I assembled a grab-bag full of random questions and emailed them to my favorite writers.
This will be a weekly Sunday night post, as long as I have a supply of
Now without further ado, please welcome Susan Taylor Brown!
Susan Taylor Brown - susanwrites is the author of numerous books for children, the most recent of which is Hugging the Rock, a middle grade novel in verse. When Rachel’s bipolar mother leaves home, Rachel must learn to trust her father, “the rock,” instead of blaming him for her mother’s departure.
“Every word rings true in this achingly real novel,” reads the synopsis, and I second that sentiment. This slim but powerful book is an ALA Notable, and if you haven’t read it, you should.
In writing, are you a plotter or a plunger?
Plot is a four letter word. That being said I would likely give a couple of toes (but no fingers) for the ability to plot. Alas I plunge. Again and again and again. Oh p**t!!
What are you reading right now?
CALLINGS by Gregg Lavoy. It's about finding and living an authentic life.
Thai food or Chinese?
Fried won tons are Chinese, right?
Where did you go on your first date?
To the movies. We saw “The Legend of Billy Jack.” He held my hand. There was partial nudity on the screen. He squeezed my hand and started to perspire. A lot. I walked home alone.
Ocean or lake?
1970 Dodge Dart Swinger. I hated that car and the feeling was quite mutual. I had saved my money. I wanted to buy my aunt's 1965 bright red Mustang but I couldn't see over the dashboard. My mom made me choose safety over being cool. I'm sure that's why I never made the cheerleading squad and had to be school mascot hidden in a costume at every game.
Woolworths Drug Store. Working the grill. You want fries with that?
Which celebrity shares your birthday?
Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. That explains so much about me.
Five things you would do with $100,000.
Quit my day job. 5 times.
Your five favorite movies.
What's this thing you have about the number five anyway? :-)
Well the thing is, uhm, I can't answer this because, uhm (hangs her head, scuffs the toe of her shoes on the sidewalk, mumbles softly) I don't go to the movies. Ever. (I think I was traumatized by that first date.) DVDs do show up at home and I do notice them on while I am doing other things but they don't tend to stick with me the way a good book or an episode of Buffy does. (Of course after you post this I'm going to go read other author answers and I'm going to think oh yeah, I really liked that movie and wow, yeah, that one was great too.)
Early bird or night owl?
Night owl. Oh how I love to sleep. And oh how I hate getting up at 5am for the day job.
Rain or sun?
Rollercoasters: love em or hate ’em?
Hate 'em. Now the Tilt-a-Whirl, that's a different story.
I used to have gephyrophobia. Living in Virginia cured it. Like a lot of writers I have frequent bouts of macrophobia.
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Bach, Beethoven, or Bon Jovi?
Beethoven. Thank goodness you didn't ask me about Britney!
Thanks, Susan, for indulging our curiosity!