Interview with Mark Ebner

October, 2009
Mark Ebner

Quick Start


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

ME: I do what I always wanted to do.

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

ME: Suicide by media can take a lifetime.


What Readers want to know...


SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

ME: Dogs and dirt.

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

ME: Seeing the bullet coming.

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

ME: The coast of Rhode Island.

SS: With whom in history do you most identify?

ME: Studs Terkel

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

ME: My father, Dr. Herbert Ebner

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

ME: "You know," and "Uhh...:

SS: What do you regret most?

ME: My debts.

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

ME: Filmmaking

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

ME: Writing an expose on dog fighting that helped change the local law against it from a misdemeanor to a felony.

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

ME: Unchecked ego.

SS: What’s your best quality?

ME: Flashes of humility.

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

ME: A dog, in a pack, for a day.

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

ME: My voice.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

ME: My favorite fictional heroes are all anti-heroes like Jimmy McNulty from The Wire, and Vic Mackey from The Shield.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?

ME: Iago (Othello)

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

ME: To Clark Kent: "Grow a pair, and you won't ever need the the tights and cape."

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

ME: Aces cracked.

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

ME: Poker.

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

ME: Long haul trucker.

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

ME: Honesty, openmindedness and willingness.

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

ME: New England clam chowder.

SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?

ME: Small Change (Tom Waits), Ain't Got No..I Got Life (Nina Simone version), Wichita Lineman (Glenn Campbell), Je t'aime...moi non plus (Serge Gainsbourg et Brigitte Bardot), Secret Agent Man (Johnny Rivers)

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