Interview with Anna HaysOctober, 2009
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
AH: Trying to uncover life's mysteries with a smile
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
AH: Less is Always More
What Readers want to know...
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
AH: Surrounded by loved ones without a care in the world. Just living in the moment, food in the 'fridge, sun in the sky, with a view of a fresh water lake or maybe it's an ocean.
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
AH: Being invisible
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
AH: On the coast of northern Spain
SS: Which living person do you most admire?
AH: My mother
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
AH: Fixing my own car (I live in LA)
SS: What is your greatest achievement?
AH: There are two - Benjamin & Will
SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?
AH: My curiosity
SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
AH: The Grinch
SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?
AH: Litterbugs, Graffiti, Pretenders
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
AH: Honesty, Integrity, Humor
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
AH: Fresh black cherries
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
AH: International Spy
SS: What’s your greatest flaw?
AH: Thinking too much
SS: What’s your best quality?
AH: I'm an optimist
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
AH: Scout Finch
SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?
AH: Somewhere Over The Rainbow, For Once In My Life, Imagine, Blowin' in the Wind, Try a Little Tenderness
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: Who are your favorite authors?
AH: Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen, Dr. Suess, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Carson McCullers, Edith Wharton, Harper Lee
SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
AH: Great Expectations To Kill A Mockingbird The Member of the Wedding The Great Gatsby Goodnight Moon
SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
AH: Trust the process and yourself.
SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
AH: Is this book based on your real life?
SS: What is your birthdate?
SS: What were your previous occupations?
AH: Film producer, journalist, short order cook... script reader
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
AH: Writing books (of course!)
SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?
AH: I went to Nyack High School, Oberlin College and then earned half of a graduate degree from Columbia University
SS: What is your favorite movie?
AH: The Wizard of Oz
SS: What is your favorite television show?
AH: (currently) The Office, Reno 911, Flight of the Conchords
SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
AH: Frederick Chopin and Stevie Wonder
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