Interview with Anna Hays

October, 2009
Anna Hays

Quick Start


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?

AH: Um

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?

AH: Dreaming

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?


General Questions


SS: What is your birthdate?

AH: 2/26

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

Get more on Anna Hays at SimonandSchuster.com

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Anna Hays Ma'am...I'd like to congratulate you, as you are by far the most inspirational thing I've found by accidentally plugging my name into a search box, instead of a login. Kudos.


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