Interview with Hannah Moskowitz

October, 2009
Hannah Moskowitz

Quick Start

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

HM: An unexploded bottle rocket. Waiting. In Calculus class.

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

HM: Live through this and you won't look back.

What Readers want to know...

SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

HM: Lying in the sand with my four best friends, filthy and sweaty, pretending to be velociraptors.

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

HM: My enormous hair.

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

HM: I love to sing, act, and *talk.*

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

HM: I'm not going to lie--I'd like to be your American Idol. But writing's pretty cool too.

SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?

HM: At the moment? "Sons and Daughters" by the Decemberists, "Together We'll Ring in the New Year" by Motion City Soundtrack, "Bixby Canyon Bridge" by Death Cab for Cutie, "All I Need" by Mat Kearney, and "First Day of My Life," by Bright Eyes.

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

HM: Michelle Obama.

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

HM: "like" and "as." I need to go to Simileholics Anonymous.

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

HM: I really wish I could dance and not look like something caught in net. But I think I'd prefer to be a really good chef.

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

HM: I can come off as really blasé and unexcited about things. And I have an inability to pretend to be nice when I'm not feeling nice.

SS: What’s your best quality?

HM: Honesty.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

HM: Linus. And his Christmas tree.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?

HM: Captain Hook. Boy's got class.

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

HM: People who say "different than."

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

HM: 1. Sense of humor. 2. Integrity. 3. Good skin

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

HM: Something childish, like macaroni and cheese. Or Ring Pops.

General Questions

SS: What is your birthdate?

HM: 4/12

SS: What were your previous occupations?

HM: Well...I've babysat a few times...and high school, musn't forget that.

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

HM: Definitely writing. Less crying than babysitting (most of the time). And always less homework than high school.

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

HM: I'm graduating from a tiny high school outside of Washington D.C. in the spring and going to Brown University in the fall.

SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

HM: Motion City Soundtrack, though I'm a huuuuge Death Cab and Decemberists fan.

SS: What is your favorite movie?

HM: Fight Club

SS: What is your favorite television show?

HM: Queer As Folk

Questions About Books and Writing

SS: Who are your favorite authors?

HM: John Green, Chuck Palahniuk, Hilary McKay, J.M. Barrie, Ned Vizzini, John Irving, Garrett Freymann-Weyr, Joyce Sweeney, Albert Camus, Manuel Puig, Brent Runyon, S.E. Hinton

SS: Is there a book you love to reread?

HM: If I like a book even a little bit, I reread it.

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

HM: You are not too good to revise, I SWEAR.

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

HM: I think it's a tie between "how can you write boys so authentically?" and "these boys act like women!!"

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

HM: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, The Stranger by Albert Camus, The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving, Looking for Alaska by John Green, My Heartbeat by Garrett Freymann-Weyr

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