Interview with Lauren Strasnick

October, 2009
Lauren Strasnick

What Readers want to know...

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

LS: Oh lord, the list is endless: surgery, ticks, raw chicken, germ warfare, death.

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

LS: I worry. Excessively.

SS: What’s your best quality?

LS: I am loyal. And honest.

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

LS: My height, perhaps? Or my nutso, crazy, curly hair.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

LS: Anne Shirley

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

LS: This is it.

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

LS: Honesty, dependability, curiosity, humor & creativity. Okay, so 5. 5 qualities most important to me!

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

LS: Apples & peanut butter.

SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?

LS: Another endless list! But if I must limit myself: "Going to California" by Led Zeppelin, "Sun King" by The Beatles, "Vienna" by Billy Joel, this Martha Wainwright song w/ two expletives in the title, "I'm on Fire" by Bruce Springsteen, "Steppin'" by Melanie, "Where Will I Be" by Emmylou Harris, "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley, "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone, "May This Be Love" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Tweeter & the Monkey Man" by Traveling Wilburys... whoops! that's 11! Okay, I'll stop.

SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

LS: Talking & eating with the people I love.

Questions About Books and Writing

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

LS: The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon, Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger, The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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

LS: Read. Write. Persevere.

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