Interview with Richard Yancey

October, 2009
Rick Yancey

What Readers want to know...


SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

RY: A long walk on a deserted beach, at sunset, with my life's companion by my side.

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

RY: That for our children's sakes we will lack the foresight and will to save our precious planet.

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

RY: On a deserted beach at sunset with my . . . I think I already answered this one!

SS: With whom in history do you most identify?

RY: Lincoln has fascinated me since childhood. We have yet to plumb his depths.

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

RY: Barack Obama, for fortitude and vision

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

RY: In books, "said" (but there's only so many words to say it!). In life, Oh no, I'm lost again.


Questions About Books and Writing


SS: Who are your favorite authors?

RY: Graham Greene, Robert B. Parker, Arthur Conan Doyle, John Updike, Eudora Welty.

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

RY: The Heart of the Matter, Moby Dick, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Rabbit Run, The Collected Short Stories of John Cheever

SS: Is there a book you love to reread?

RY: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene

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

RY: Expect to fail; write as if you've already succeeded.

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

RY: I'm your biggest fan.


General Questions


SS: What is your birthdate?

RY: 11/4

SS: What were your previous occupations?

RY: ranch hand, convenience store clerk, playwright-in-residence, actor, revenue officer (for the IRS), college professor

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

RY: Writing books!

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

RY: Lakeland Senior High School, Lakeland, Florida. I graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

RY: Aaron Copeland. Pop: Bruce Springsteen

SS: What is your favorite movie?

RY: The Godfather Parts 1 & 2

SS: What is your favorite television show?

RY: Changes with the seasons. Right now I'm really into the reality show "Obsessed" on A&E

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