Interview with Richard YanceyOctober, 2009
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.
SS: What is your birthdate?
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
Get more on Richard Yancey at SimonandSchuster.com