Interview with Nina de Gramont

April, 2012

Nina de Gramont

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

NG: Writer, Mom, Teacher. I love being outside!

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

NG: "Write a little every day without hope or despair" -- Isak Dinesen


What Readers want to know...


SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

NG: Good health, good friends, my family, the sun on my skin, everyone safe, happy, and worry-free!

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

NG: I am way too superstitious to put it in writing.

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

NG: Oh, someplace tropical. With a white sand beach and a lovely pool overlooking the ocean.

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

NG: My best friend, Danae Woodward.

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

NG: Those terrible old standbys, "like" and "you know."

SS: What do you regret most?

NG: My misspent youth.

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

NG: I wish I could sing, and play an instrument. And I wish I spoke another language.

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

NG: My amazing, incredible, beautiful daughter.

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

NG: Laziness.

SS: What’s your best quality?

NG: Thoughtfulness.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

NG: Toss up between Dorothea Brooke (Middlemarch) and Cassandra Mortmain (I Capture the Castle). I also have a little crush on Dick Diver (Tender is the Night).

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

NG: Andre Trocme, a French pastor who led a very courageous and nonviolent resistance during World War II.  I would thank him for inspiring me with his courage, and his faith, and ask him how he overcame his fear in order to do what he knew was best.

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

NG: Rudeness.

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

NG: I always thought it would be fun to be a casting director.

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

NG: Compassion, Intelligence, and Humor.

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

NG: Hot and sour soup.

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