After talking with my wife about things I could share with you as a new author, we gathered some interview questions plus a few fun either or and this or that type questions and I answered them. I hope you enjoy this small insight into who I am. Please feel free to email me any questions you would like me to answer, and I’ll do another interview post once I have several questions!
- What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, the greatest joy I get in writing is when I have completed a piece of work and can say I did a good job.
- When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have always enjoyed writing, although in my younger years I wrote more for myself than anyone else. Writing was an effective way for me to express myself, to tell my secrets to someone, without actually having to share. As I got older I realized that other people may benefit from what I was writing. I thought I can’t be the only one who feels this way. This inspired me to share some of my poetry with others.
- What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I think that one of my quirks is that I tend to shy away from using contractions in my writing. It is almost as if there is this proper little British voice in my head, reciting what I write and I tend to forget that I can use apostrophes.
- As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be a lot of things when I was younger. It wasn’t until I grew up some that I decided I wanted to be a chef. Cooking is creative and I loved being able to take raw ingredients and turn them into something people would be happy to eat,
- What is your favorite childhood book?
I enjoyed reading the Hardy Boys books. They were always going on adventures, solving mysteries. I thought that was awesome.
- Do you believe in writer’s block?
I do…………..sorry, forgot what I was going to write. Seriously though, I think a lot of writers go through it. Sometimes it is frustrating because you know there is an idea out there and you just can’t seem to get it on paper (or computer).
- Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
Okay, to be honest, I have not been reading much lately. However, when I do read I enjoy reading Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Dan Brown, Piers Anthony, and a few other random authors.
- What is your favorite genre to read, and why?
I like reading a few different genres, but I would have to say that suspense/mystery and horror/supernatural are my go tos.
- What other genres do you enjoy reading?
I like reading crime fiction and high fantasy. I love epic stories! They tend to stay with me longer.
- What books have influenced your life the most?
I would have to say that many books have influenced me over the years. I don’t think I could begin to put a list together, but if I had to name one it would be the Golem of Prague. I grew up in a Jewish home and this was one of my grandmother’s favorite books. She read it to me many times when I was younger.
- How do you see writing? As a hobby or a passion?
I would have to say that writing for me is a passion. I have written a lot of poetry over the years and most of those poems were inspired by my life and things happening in it. I love to write and if I could support myself by writing I would do it every day.
- If you were given the opportunity to form a book club with your favorite authors of all time, which legends or contemporary writers would you want to become a part of the club?
Wow, that is a difficult question. I would have to say that I would want to include Tolkien, Vonnegut, Shakespeare, Aristotle, and Stephen King. I would let others in, but I would really love to pick the brains of the ones I listed.
- What’s your favorite movie which was based on a book?
I really think they did an amazing job adapting The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings into movies. I feel like they were able to keep the integrity of the stories without taking away too much detail.
- Which literary character do you most resonate with on a personal level?
That is an interesting question. I never gave it much thought. I guess I would have to say that one literary character I feel is relatable would be Sherlock Holmes. I tend to overanalyze things that aren’t that complicated and usually need someone else to simplify my reasoning.
- Do you like audiobooks, physical books, or e-books better? Why?
I like physical books best. I guess I am old fashioned but there is no comparison to a genuine paper book in your hand. Besides, it is easier to make notes on paper.
- What is your favorite word, and why?
Does it have to be just one? Well, I have always liked the word chutzpah. It is the Yiddish word for nerve, as in; You got a lot of chutzpah to say that! It just sounds funny when you hear it.
- Favorite quote (doesn’t matter the source)
- Your hero?
I have to say that my grandmother, Bernice, is my hero. She survived the Holocaust and came to this country to make a fresh start. She never complained or asked for anything. She took things in stride and always supported me and tried to teach me the right way of doing things.
- If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be and what would you cook?
I would invite Wayne Gretzky to dinner. Always been a huge fan. I would cook New York Strip steak and mashed potatoes from scratch with sauteed veggies and a chocolate cake for dessert.
- If you could choose celebrity parents, who would you choose? And why?
If age is not a factor, I would choose Adam Sandler and Susan Sarandon. I think they are both awesome and funny. I also think they are creative and down to earth. They could have had a kid like me.
Would you rather
- live in a haunted mansion or live in a un-haunted cottage?
I would rather live in a haunted mansion. I love the supernatural so it would be interesting.
- have an endless summer or an endless winter?
I would rather have an endless winter. I don’t like hot weather.
- spend the night in a luxury hotel room or camping surrounded by beautiful scenery
I would rather choose the hotel room. I like t.v. too much.
- live at the top of a tall NYC apartment building or at the top of a mountain?
I would rather live on top of a mountain. I did the city thing and it got old.
- have Rambo or The Terminator on your side?
I would rather have the Terminator on my side.
This or that
Coke or Pepsi?
Coffee or tea?
Books or movies?
Crossword puzzles or sudokus?
Cake or pie?
Tablet or Computer?
Early bird or night owl?
TV or Book?
Ocean or Mountains?
Sausage or bacon?
Eggs: Scrambled or fried?
Book or eBook?