Interview with Lola Schaefer

November, 2009
Lola M. Schaefer

Quick Start

SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

LS: Enjoy each day with tea, dancing, and friends.

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

LS: People need a purpose.

What Readers want to know...

SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

LS: Perfect happiness is a day in which I fall in love, or create something I'm proud of.

Just regular happiness is giving back, dancing, laughing, and eating expensive cheese. Oh, and noodling around on the Internet with no deadlines.

SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

LS: Right here in Madison, with the option to jet off any time it blizzards.

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

LS: indeed

SS: What do you regret most?

LS: the times I could have been kinder

SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

LS: I'd be an elite lindy hopper or an excellent pianist

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

LS: getting The Teashop Girls published

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

LS: self-involvement

SS: What’s your best quality?

LS: generosity and humor

SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

LS: I want to be writer and philanthropist with a long career.

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

LS: I laugh easily.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

LS: Harriet the Spy, Elizabeth Bennett from Pride & Prejudice, Larry Darrell from The Razor's Edge, and Wesley from The Princess Bride

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

LS: banality

SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

LS: dancing, reading, IMing

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

LS: White House senior staff

SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

LS: wit, curiosity, compassion

SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

LS: the World's Greatest Sandwich from Mickey's, or guacamole. That's a tough one.

Questions About Books and Writing

SS: Who are your favorite authors?

LS: Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sarah Vowell, Richard Yates, Aaron Sorkin, Meg Cabot, Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris, Irvin Yalom, Elizabeth Gilbert, Judy Blume, Louise Fitzhugh

SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

LS: Day dream, take it one day at a time, and break up a big project into little parts.

General Questions

SS: What is your birthdate?

LS: 7/22

SS: What were your previous occupations?

LS: waitress, bartender, hostess, babysitter, standardized test question author

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

LS: writing fiction

SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?

LS: I went to high school in Oshkosh, Wisconsin at Lourdes High School and college in Madison at the University of Wisconsin.

SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

LS: Sam Cooke

SS: What is your favorite movie?

LS: Almost Famous

SS: What is your favorite television show?

LS: The West Wing

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