Interview with Kate TorgovnickOctober, 2009
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.
SS: What is your birthdate?
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