Interview with Chris O'DellOctober, 2009
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
CO: Blessed, extraordinary, happy and a true learning experience
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
CO: Be present with each experience
What Readers want to know...
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
CO: Finding gratitude in whatever comes our way. Seeing our choices and options and doing the best we can do. Loving the people in our lives. Being able to fully be ourselves.
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
CO: My greatest fear is losing people I love.
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
CO: Right where I am in Tucson. Ok..or maybe Hawaii!
SS: With whom in history do you most identify?
CO: I mostly identify with the women who stood up and spoke out for change.
SS: Which living person do you most admire?
CO: I most admire my husband who came from so little and earned so much.
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
CO: That's cool and Oh, my god!
SS: What do you regret most?
CO: Having to travel on business when my son was young.
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
CO: I wish I played an instrument! Piano would be my first choice.
SS: What is your greatest achievement?
CO: My greates achievement was raising a wonderful son on my own. But putting myself into the creme of rock and roll wasn't too bad either.
SS: What’s your greatest flaw?
CO: I am often too rash, reacting before thinking.
SS: What’s your best quality?
CO: I have an easy going personality that attracts people to me.
SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
CO: I really would just be myself. I really like who I have become.
SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?
CO: I think it is probably my smile.
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
CO: At the moment my favorite fictional hero is Tandia.
SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
CO: I would like to spend a little time with Sigmund Freud to ask him what he was thinking when he came up with all his theories and why he didn't believe in hypnosis.
SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?
CO: aggressive drivers
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
CO: speaking to groups of people
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
CO: speaking to larger groups of people.
SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
CO: Honesty, respect and a positive attitude.
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
CO: Right now it's hard to beat Dexter!
SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?
CO: "Yesterday", "I'll Try Something New" (The Miracles), "Something", "Hey Jude" and of course, "Miss O'Dell.
SS: What is your birthdate?
SS: What were your previous occupations?
CO: Personal assistnat, Tour manager, Counselor
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
CO: I love writing, public speaking and counseling.
SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?
CO: Palo Verde High School, Tucson and Prescott College in Arizona
SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
CO: Well, of course, I love the Beatles. But I'm also very much into R&B.
SS: What is your favorite movie?
CO: "Imitation of Life"
SS: What is your favorite television show?
CO: "Criminal Minds"
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: Who are your favorite authors?
CO: Bryce Courteney, Alan Watts, Sheri S. Tepper, Doris Lessing, Helen Fisher
SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
CO: "The Four Gated City", "Tandia", "The Gate to Women's Country", "The First Sex", and "This is it".
SS: Is there a book you love to reread?
CO: Anything from Thich Nhat Hanh
SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
CO: Be prepared for a deep and sometimes overwhelming journey.
SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
CO: They love the transition of the main character (me) from a naive young girl to a wise woman.
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