Interview with Debbie Rigaud

December, 2009
Debbie Rigaud

Quick Start

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?

DR: Compassion.

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?

DR: Rudeness.

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)

General Questions

SS: What is your birthdate?

DR: 3/19

SS: What were your previous occupations?

DR: Magazine Editor, Marketing Copywriter

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

DR: Author

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

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