Interview with Hallie DurandDecember, 2009
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
HD: I wish I didn't have to sleep.
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
HD: "To thine own self be true." William Shakespeare
What Readers want to know...
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
HD: Sitting in bed under my electric blanket, reading books to my kids.
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
HD: Driving through the Lincoln Tunnel in a car filled with bumblebees--that's my Fear Factor.
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
HD: New York City, with all of these millions of people living together in relative peace. It astonishes me.
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
HD: "Awful" and "Gross"
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
HD: Pool shark
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
SS: What do you regret most?
HD: Not having enough time . . .
SS: What is your greatest achievement?
HD: Being a mom--that's what brings the joy tears full on.
SS: What’s your greatest flaw?
HD: I like the telephone in the age of email.
SS: What’s your best quality?
HD: I always know exactly what size container the leftovers will fit into! I'm serious. And I can do a split.
SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
HD: I wanted to be a gymnast, but I'm just too big and not graceful enough.
SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?
HD: Either my big teeth or my big feet, depending where you're looking.
SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?
HD: Spitting on the sidewalk.
SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
HD: Honesty, sense of humor, respect
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
HD: A bagel special. I've been eating them for forever. Toast a bagel, melt swiss cheese on it, add spicy mustard and a summer tomato. For breakfast.
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