Interview with Thomas FahyOctober, 2009
What Readers want to know...
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
TF: The beaches of Isla Mujeres ...
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
TF: The ability to speak several languages fluently.
SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
TF: This is a tough one. I'd have to say the tormented, despairing, and vengeful Satan from Paradise Lost. Does it get any better than this? : "Under what torments inwardly I grown:/ While they adore me on the throne of hell,/ With diadem and scepter high advanced/ The lower still I fall, only supreme/ In misery; such joy ambition finds."
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
TF: Playing the piano.
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
TF: Writing for a television show like The X-Files
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
TF: Chips and salsa!
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
TF: A good night's sleep.
SS: Which living person do you most admire?
TF: My parents.
SS: What do you regret most?
TF: Not spending more time with my grandmother before she died.
SS: What’s your best quality?
TF: Sense of humor
SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?
TF: Grocery store clerks who say "next on line" instead of "next in line."
SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?
TF: I'm feeling a little old school today, so here's a list with that in mind: Bobby Darin's "Softly As in a Morning Sunrise," Etta James's "At Last," Jamiroquai "My Corner of the Earth," Melody Gardot's "Quiet Fire," and Nina Simone's "Love Me or Leave Me."
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
TF: Being eaten by wild boars.
SS: What is your greatest achievement?
TF: I still can't believe I performed a piano concerto with a symphony orchestra in front of a few hundred people.
SS: What’s your greatest flaw?
TF: An inability to say no to dessert
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
TF: Tony Soprano ... not that I work for the mafia.
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
TF: "The Dude abides."
SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?
TF: Sense of humor.
SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
TF: sense of humor, kindness, and intelligence
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
TF: Eight words? How can I describe life in --
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
TF: Keep on keepin' on ...
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: Who are your favorite authors?
TF: Jeanette Winterson, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, J. M. Coetzee, Jhumpa Lahiri, Nicole Krauss, Susann B. Cokal, Truman Capote, early David Mamet, Raymond Carver, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway's short fiction, Jeffrey Eugenides, Salman Rushdie, Michael Ondaatje ...
SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
TF: J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace Jeanette Winterson's The Passion Nicole Krauss's The History of Love Katherine Dunn's Geek Love F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
SS: Is there a book you love to reread?
TF: Jeanette Winterson's The Passion. I reread and teach it every year.
SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
TF: Read as much as you can.
SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
TF: That they're not big readers but that The Unspoken makes them want to read more. That's one of the best compliments a YA writer could get.
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