Interview with Marcus Hummon

October, 2009
Marcus Hummon

Quick Start


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

MH: full

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

MH: I don't know that I have a motto or a maxim. I believe however in enlarging the circle of love around, and pursuing your dreams passionately.


What Readers want to know...


SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

MH: fleeting

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

MH: on an ultimate scale...the death of one of our children...on a more personal day-to-day level, I probably fear writer's bloc.

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

MH: egypt, visiting the valley of the kings

SS: With whom in history do you most identify?

MH: no one in particular

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

MH: too broad

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

MH: I'm a songwriter by trade...so I'd have to say 'love.'

SS: What do you regret most?

MH: many things...can't answer honestly so I would say you make peace with what you can and ask for forgiveness of the rest

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

MH: I'd enjoy long -jumping in the 28 foot range.

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

MH: The children are presently healthy and happy and fairly well-adjusted...so far so good.

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

MH: can't remember names

SS: What’s your best quality?

MH: unafraid artistically

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

MH: I don't process information in that way. I am glad to be in my skin but wish I didn't have back pain, etc...

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

MH: passionate about music, theatre, literature...

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

MH: So many...maybe Seymour in J.D.Salinger's, NINE STORIES...

SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?

MH: hmmm...perhaps Scrooge, but then he becomes quite the hero...have to think about that one.

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

MH: Well, I hate to seem non-original, but I'd have to say I'd like to meet the historical Jesus...as long as my Aramaic was in good order.



Coming from a very different orientation, I'd like to meet Helen of Troy... I'd like to visualize the beauty that sailed a thousand ships!

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

MH: don't have one

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

MH: I am a songwriter first, and that is my favorite occupation...

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

MH: playing wide-reciever for the Cleveland Browns...

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

MH: a loving nature, a forgiving nature and a sense of unending possibilities...

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

MH: hummus

SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?

MH: don't even get me started...


Questions About Books and Writing


SS: Who are your favorite authors?

MH: Shakespeare

William Manchester

Kipling

Basho

J.D. Salinger

Doris Kearns Goodwin...to name a few

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

MH: The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare

A World Lit By Fire

Franny And Zooey

Team Of Rivals

From Dawn To Decadence...again to name a few

SS: Is there a book you love to reread?

MH: A World Lit By Fire or The Jungle Book...at present, meaning recently

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

MH: If you can do something else...do it.

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

MH: What comes first, the lyric or the music? I don't hear a lot from my readers of literature yet.


General Questions


SS: What is your birthdate?

MH: 12/28

SS: What were your previous occupations?

MH: sledge hammer operator, waiter, ice cream scooper, car parker, recording artist, songwriter, playwright...

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

MH: playwright...until the reviews.

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

MH: yes and yes...at Bullis Prep and then Williams College

SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

MH: too many to name one...

SS: What is your favorite movie?

MH: The Sting

SS: What is your favorite television show?

MH: The Office

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