Interview with Joan HarlowOctober, 2009
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?
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?
JH: JOSHUA in my book, JOSHUA'S SONG
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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