Simple questions often prompt interesting answers, so with this in mind I created a list of thirteen questions for a new interview series. Some of the questions I borrowed from the Proust and Pivot questionnaires, and others are my own.
Leah Rhyne's first novel, Undead America: Zombie Days, Campfire Nights, is getting positive reviews on Amazon and is a fast-paced, fun read. Full disclosure: the author is my wife and a contributor to this site, but even if is she wasn't, I'd still be a fan, and I'm glad she had time to answer a few questions.
What is your favorite book?
I'm going to pretend that all the "favorite" questions are plural, because who can pick just one? Definitely not me. So...on my list for books:
To Kill a Mockingbird
Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (seriously - it's LOL-worthy)
I've also read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl probably at least 30 times...seriously, I've read it a couple times a year since I was about 12. It's had a big influence on me, and definitely informs a lot of my writing. But I always hate calling it one of my "favorite" books because...yeah, the story of a young, Jewish girl trying (and ultimately failing) to survive the Holocaust? Shouldn't be on a "favorite" list, probably.
What is your favorite album?
For a girl who wasn't all that into music until college, I have a bunch of favorites. I'll break them down by genre, I guess.
Jazz: Kind of Blue (Miles Davis)
Older stuff: Anything Simon and Garfunkel, or Van Morrison's Moondance
Newer stuff: I am madly in love with The Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons and The Black Keys right now.
Beatles album: Abbey Road
What is your favorite film?
The Princess Bride
Indiana Jones (first three)
Back to the Future (all)
Star Wars (original three)
And I really like superhero movies...and horror movies.
My favorite zombie flick is Dawn of the Dead.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
When people complain about things, but don't try to change them. I work my arse off trying to make my life what I want it to be...so can anyone else. Don't like it? FIX IT.
What is your favorite place?
Manhattan, London, or my own red couch.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Oh, man, I wish I could sing. Sadly, my singing voice breaks glasses. (OK, slight exaggeration, but it's terrible.)
I also always wanted to be an actor.
And, well, honestly...writing is it. It's what I want to be when I grow up. Can't think of much else these days.
What is your biggest indulgence?
Coffee, red wine, and chocolate - also, hugs and kisses from my daughter. I can never get enough of those.
What is your favorite food?
Don't laugh...pizza. But pizza from New York City, preferably from a little place that used to be in Penn Station - I remember stopping there all the time before heading back home after a trip into the city, when the munchies would hit right before the train arrived. That was the best pizza in the world. I wish I knew the name of it.
What is your favorite word?
Probably the F-word. I use it a lot. Or else, for a cleaner version, love. And Zoe. And (gasp!) Charles.
What is your least favorite word?
The c-word. I can't say it, can't even type it. It makes me blush.
Who do you least respect?
Sadistic dictators. They scare me.
Who do you most respect?
Right now? Our President. I believe he's really trying to do what's right for our country, and the world. Does that sound cheesy? Maybe so, but I believe it.
What When and where did you answer these questions?
2:05-2:34 a.m. Thursday, November 15, 2012, sitting on my red couch in my house...I can't sleep and this seemed like a fun thing to do.
Thanks for having me!!