Interview with Robin MastroOctober, 2009
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
RM: Busy, Fulfilling, Eventful, Blessed, Promising, Fun, Happy, Loving
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
RM: Keep your attention on your intention.
What Readers want to know...
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
RM: I don't think there's perfection; that's why we're here.
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
RM: At the Four Seasons Resort in Wailia.
SS: What do you regret most?
RM: That I didn't pursue my singing.
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
RM: To play multiple instruments.
SS: What is your greatest achievement?
RM: My daughter.
SS: What’s your greatest flaw?
RM: Wanting people to like me.
SS: What’s your best quality?
RM: My sense of ridiculous.
SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
RM: If I could 100% authentic at all times, that would be cool.
SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?
RM: My eyes.
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
RM: Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.
SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
RM: The Witch of the West.
SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?
RM: Bad drivers.
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
RM: Being a torch singer in the downstairs bar at the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco.
SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
RM: Forgiveness, Compassion, and Integrity.
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?
RM: "Till There Was You", "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "Happy Birthday", "Handle's Water Music", "Respect"
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: Who are your favorite authors?
RM: Sue Monk Kidd, Harper Lee, Jane Austen, Dali Lama, Ekhart Tole
SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
RM: "The Power of Now", "The Secret Life of Bees", "To Kill a Mockingbird", "Pride and Prejudice", "The Source"
SS: Is there a book you love to reread?
RM: I love my own.
SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
RM: The book is only the beginning.
SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
RM: "I LOVE YOUR BOOKS!"
SS: What is your birthdate?
SS: What were your previous occupations?
RM: Teacher, and I've been self-employed for the last 30 years.
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
RM: Event planning for the Vice President of Stanford University.
SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?
RM: Menlo-Atherton HS and graduated from Woodside HS in Woodside, CA. I went to Mills College for undergrad and Antioch University for graduate.
SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
RM: Stevie Winwood
SS: What is your favorite movie?
RM: Love Actually
SS: What is your favorite television show?
RM: Lie To Me
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