Interview with Kate Torgovnick

October, 2009
Kate Torgovnick

Quick Start


SS: What is your motto or maxim?

KT: The truth is always stranger than fiction.


What Readers want to know...


SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

KT: Sitting on my roof with a group of friends, sipping drinks and eating smores.

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

KT: Flying. Which is not so great considering that my job as a journalist calls for me to constantly travel.

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

KT: The Galapagos Islands!

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

KT: "Literally" and "Just sayin'"

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

KT: I'd bowl a perfect 300 every time.

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

KT: Writing this book.

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

KT: I have to pick one?

SS: What’s your best quality?

KT: That I'm fascinated by people.


Questions About Books and Writing


SS: Who are your favorite authors?

KT: Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Mitchell, Joyce Carol Oates, Susan Orlean, Buzz Bissinger, Stefan Fatsis, Warren St. John

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

KT: Up in the Old Hotel, The Orchid Thief, Word Freak, Slaughterhouse-Five, Where the Wild Things Are

SS: Is there a book you love to reread?

KT: Friday Night Lights

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

KT: Get over this idea of "finding your voice." You don't find it—it just is. Just write things the way you want to write them.

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

KT: That they love the "characters" in my book—which is exactly what I want to hear because the people I got to follow for CHEER! are amazing.


General Questions


SS: What is your birthdate?

KT: 5/12

SS: What were your previous occupations?

KT: Movie theater popcorn slinger, spam email writer (sorry)

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

KT: Being a journalist/author!

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

KT: I went to high school at Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina. Then I headed to Barnard College in New York.

SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

KT: The Cure

SS: What is your favorite movie?

KT: Any documentary. I can't get enough of them.

SS: What is your favorite television show?

KT: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Get more on Kate Torgovnick at SimonandSchuster.com

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