Interview with Amy Belasen

October, 2009

Amy Belasen

Quick Start


SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

AB: An eager, restless, ongoing search for new experiences.

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

AB: He who doesn't ask questions will never have answers.


What Readers want to know...


SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

AB: Perfect happiness is a sustained period completely absent of any desire.

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

AB: To die in a plane crash.

SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

AB: If you mean this very moment, maybe somewhere in South America like Argentina.

SS: With whom in history do you most identify?

AB: John Lennon.

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

AB: David Lynch.

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

AB: Dude. Peace out. Frankly.

SS: What do you regret most?

AB: Not being more selective when choosing a college.

SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

AB: I'd love to be able to play guitar.

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

AB: Having a book published.

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

AB: I'm very impatient.

SS: What’s your best quality?

AB: I'm very understanding and often sympathetic, even when it doesn't show.

SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

AB: Tom Petty.

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

AB: I'm always picking at my fingernails.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

AB: Howard Roark.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?

AB: Michael Corleone.

SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

AB: I would most likely want to meet James Joyce, so I could bounce all my theories regarding his books off of him. However, from what I've read about the man, he'd likely deflect my questions with enigmatic answers, which would only add to my frustration. Still, I'd love to share a bottle of white wine with the guy.

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

AB: Religious people who use their beliefs to judge and condemn others.

SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

AB: Working in restaurants.

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

AB: Musician.

SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

AB: Honesty, sense of humor, and introspection

SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

AB: Sushi.

SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?

AB: "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" by Pink Floyd. "A Day in the Life" by The Beatles. "Drive" by The Cars. "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen. "Drain You" by Nirvana.


Questions About Books and Writing


SS: Who are your favorite authors?

AB: In no real order: James Joyce, J.D. Salinger, Bret Easton Ellis, Roald Dahl, Dean Koontz, Wally Lamb, William Faulkner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Max Barry, R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, Stephen King, Chris Van Allsburg, Nelson Demille, George Orwell.

SS: Is there a book you love to reread?

AB: The Catcher in the Rye

SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

AB: If you feel you have something unique to offer, don't stop until you've offered it.

SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

AB: That our main character isn't likeable.

SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

AB: 1) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 2) Ulysses by James Joyce 3) The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 4) American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis 5) The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner


General Questions


SS: What were your previous occupations?

AB: Waiter, ice cream scooper, chemical plant tub washer, telemarketer for fundraisers, sales clerk at a kitchen retail store, restaurant host, caterer

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

AB: Author. Other than that: waiter.

SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?

AB: West Windsor Plainsboro High School, University of Wisconsin - Madison

SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

AB: John Lennon

SS: What is your favorite movie?

AB: A Clockwork Orange

SS: What is your favorite television show?

AB: Seinfeld

Get more on Amy Belasen at SimonandSchuster.com
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