Interview with Simon Majumdar

October, 2009
Simon Majumdar

Quick Start


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

SM: Eating and capturing it in words and pictures

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

SM: Go Everywhere, Eat Everything


What Readers want to know...


SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

SM: A T-bone, char on the outside, rare on the inside and an unfeasibly large martini

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

SM: That someone will make me go back to my old job

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

SM: The Philippines

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

SM: Anyone who displays generosity and generosity of spirit

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

SM: "Love" and one far too rude to use here

SS: What do you regret most?

SM: Not doing what I do now much sooner in life

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

SM: I always wanted to play the harpsichord but we could never fit one in our front room

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

SM: That my mother was and my father is proud of me

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

SM: Not suffering fools at all

SS: What’s your best quality?

SM: See above

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

SM: I always wanted to be David Niven to see how it felt to be a gentleman

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

SM: Enthusiasm

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

SM: Biggles

SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?

SM: Count Fosco (The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins)

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

SM: Robin Hood (yes he probably did exist) I'd say "Green? Really?"

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

SM: Lack of generosity

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

SM: Meeting quirky characters in the food business

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

SM: Chairman of Rotherham Utd soccer club

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

SM: Honesty, generosity and a desire to feed me

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

SM: A Melton Mowbray Pork Pie

SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?

SM: Close Watch by John Cale, Complete Control by The Clash, 4th of July Aimee Mann, Misunderstood by Richard Thompson, It's Different For Girls by Joe Jackson


Questions About Books and Writing


SS: Who are your favorite authors?

SM: Robertson Davies Robert B Parker Peter Carey

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

SM: 5) The Dice Man 4) Catch 22 3) Electric Kool Aid Acid Test 2) The Picture of Dorian Grey 1) Rebel Angels

SS: Is there a book you love to reread?

SM: The Moon's A Ballon

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

SM: If you want to be a writer, write.

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

SM: you get paid for this?


General Questions


SS: What is your birthdate?

SM: 12/1

SS: What were your previous occupations?

SM: Book publisher

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

SM: my current position in life is what I was always meant to be and do

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

SM: Rotherham, South Yorkshire, U.K

SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

SM: Bach ( Classical) Frank Zappa (Popular)

SS: What is your favorite movie?

SM: A Matter of Life and Death with David Niven

SS: What is your favorite television show?

SM: The Larry Sanders Show

Get more on Simon Majumdar at SimonandSchuster.com

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