Interview with Jennifer Estep

January, 2010
Jennifer Estep

Quick Start


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

JE: I'm about books, family, friends, and good food.

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

JE: "The world is not enough" is a great quote from the James Bond canon that I've always admired. I also like "Never give up, never surrender!" from the movie Galaxy Quest.


General Questions


SS: What is your birthdate?

JE: 8/1

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

JE: Being an author, of course!

SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

JE: I love Jimmy Buffett's music -- I'm a total Parrothead! I also really like Carly Simon, The Pretenders, and The Killers.

SS: What is your favorite movie?

JE: I can't pick just one! I love the James Bond movies, especially Casino Royale. I'm also a fan of the original Star Wars trilogy, the Indiana Jones movies, Beauty and the Beast, and The Princess Bride, just to name a few.

SS: What is your favorite television show?

JE: The A-Team. I love it when a plan comes together.


What Readers want to know...


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

JE: Browsing through a library or bookstore

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

JE: James Bond. He's just too cool with his guns and gadgets.

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

JE: Reading, of course!

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

JE: A sense of humor, honesty, and keeping promises

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

JE: Cheese. I love cheese!

SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?

JE: You're So Vain by Carly Simon; Castles in the Air by Don McLean; Human by The Pretenders; Sam's Town by The Killers (the version on the Sawdust album); and Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants and just about anything else by Jimmy Buffet

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

JE: My mom. She's so strong, and she's taught me so much over the years.

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

JE: Like, totally, dude!

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

JE: Getting my first book published. I read somewhere that the odds of doing that are something like a million to one. It's something I'll always be proud of.

SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

JE: To me, perfect happiness would be a cool, gray, rainy day when I had the time and freedom to do whatever I wanted -- like curl up with a good book, take a nap, and hang out with friends and family.

SS: With whom in history do you most identify?

JE: I like to read stories about the American West, and I'm always amazed by the strength and spirit it took for the pioneers, cowboys, and others to carve out a life for themselves and their families. They had a toughness and a can-do spirit that I really admire.

SS: What do you regret most?

JE: Not taking more chances in my life

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

JE: I'd love to be able to speak another language.

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

JE: I am not patient enough.

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

JE: People who are late for or forget appointments

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

JE: Losing my writing mojo

SS: What’s your best quality?

JE: I love to make other people laugh.

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

JE: Wonder Woman, because she's such an awesome superhero. And she's got an invisible plane, the Lasso of Truth, and those shiny bracelets and tiara. Who wouldn't love all that?

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

JE: I'm very organized. I like to make lists.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?

JE: Darth Vader. You think he's the ultimate evil, and then you find out he's Luke's father. Talk about complicated!

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

JE: He's not a historical character, but I think it would be interesting to meet Ian Fleming and see just how much of himself he put into his James Bond novels.

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

JE: I'd love to do something fun and quirky, like be one of the people responsible for coming up with new ice cream flavors.


Questions About Books and Writing


SS: Who are your favorite authors?

JE: I have too many to list here, but some of my favorites are David Eddings, Ian Fleming, Robin McKinley, and Donald Westlake.

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

JE: Watership Down by Richard Adams

Any book in the James Bond series by Ian Fleming

Beauty by Robin McKinley

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Any book in the Dortmunder series by Donald Westlake

SS: Is there a book you love to reread?

JE: I don't reread a lot of books. There are too many new ones out there to dig into!

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

JE: "Never give up, never surrender!" This is a quote from the movie Galaxy Quest that I think applies to writing, which is a tough business to be in. You really have to love writing and just keep doing it no matter what. If you do, sooner or later, good things are bound to happen for you.

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

JE: I don't know that I get any one comment more than others, but people often tell me that they like my books and ask when the next one is coming out. That's what every writer loves to hear -- that people enjoyed your work and want to read more of it. It's very satisfying and humbling at the same time.

Get more on Jennifer Estep at SimonandSchuster.com

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