Interview with Debbie RigaudDecember, 2009
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
DR: Work in progress, one day at a time.
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
DR: Love is all you need.
What Readers want to know...
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
DR: Dancing to my favorite jams with my husband and family.
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
DR: Public speaking.
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
DR: Right where I am now—chillin’ at home with my husband.
SS: Which living person do you most admire?
DR: My sister Golda—she’s a courageous soul who lives her inner truth.
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
DR: The ability to, from time to time, meet with loved ones who have passed on. Especially my mother.
SS: What is your greatest achievement?
DR: I don’t have children yet, so I’ll say making bold decisions in life.
SS: What’s your greatest flaw?
DR: Everyone says I’m “too nice.”
SS: What’s your best quality?
SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
DR: A Broadway performer.
SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?
DR: My smile.
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
DR: Baby Suggs in Toni Morrison’s “Beloved.”
SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
DR: Skeletor of “He-Man” fame.
SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
DR: Harriet Tubman. I wouldn’t say anything. Just listen to what she has to say.
SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
DR: Writing for television; being an author.
SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
DR: Kindness, sense of humor, honesty.
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
DR: Sweet plantains (boiled or fried).
SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?
DR: That's a tough one. I love so many songs. In no particular order, I'll say, "Human Nature" by Michael Jackson; "Spread My Wings" by Troop; "Kouman Sa T'a Ye" by Boukman Eksperyans; "Fur Elise" by Beethoven; and "Electric Relaxation" by Tribe Called Quest. (Honorable mention: Anything DJ Premier ever produced!)
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
DR: Ya' lyin'! ("Your'e lying;" an expression of shock or surprise)
SS: What is your birthdate?
SS: What were your previous occupations?
DR: Magazine Editor, Marketing Copywriter
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?
DR: Rutgers University (Newark Campus!)
SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
DR: Stevie Wonder
SS: What is your favorite movie?
DR: "The Princess Bride"
SS: What is your favorite television show?
DR: "House Hunters" on HGTV
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: Who are your favorite authors?
DR: Some of the authors who have made an impact on me are Toni Morrison, Chinua Achebe, Edwidge Danticat, Ben Okri
SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
DR: The Color Purple by Alice Walker; The Famished Road by Ben Okri; Beloved by Toni Morrison; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Get more on Debbie Rigaud at SimonandSchuster.com