Interview with Joan Harlow

October, 2009
Joan Hiatt Harlow

Quick Start

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

JH: When your dreams turn to dust ... VACUUM!

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

JH: WONDER - starry nights - Imaginings - history's mysteries - new beginnings

What Readers want to know...

SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

JH: A perfect ending for my stories.

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

JH: REJECTION in every form

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

JH: On the rocky shore of Maine

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

JH: I would be a wonderful gifted artist. Right now I can't draw anything.

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

JH: My children!

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

JH: Oprah Winfrey

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

JH: Godfrey! Okee Dokee; So, anyway ....

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

JH: Wearing my heart on my sleeve. Ouch! Great Target!

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

JH: Margaret Gage, wife of General Thomas Gage (1775). See my book MIDNIGHT RIDER.

I would ask her if she REALLY did betray her husband and was she REALLY an informer for the Sons of Liberty?

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

JH: Mean-spirited critique

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

JH: Swimming

SS: What’s your best quality?

JH: My sense of humor

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

JH: I am demonstrative and use my hands a lot when I talk. I often knock things over.

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

JH: Gold-medal figure skater

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

JH: Humor, sincerity, kindness

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

JH: Lobster (with lots of melted butter)

SS: What do you regret most?

JH: Unfinished projects

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

JH: I'd like to be a high-flying bird. I guess I'm for the birds!

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?


SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?

JH: Nasty Aunt Phoebe in my book, MIDNIGHT RIDER

SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?

JH: Over the Rainbow; Moonlight Serenade; Unforgettable; Vincent; Ebb Tide

SS: With whom in history do you most identify?

JH: Emily Dickinson

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