Interview with Ellen SandbeckDecember, 2009
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
ES: Trying to figure things out.
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
ES: She who makes the most creative mistakes, wins.
What Readers want to know...
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
ES: Being with all the people I love at the same time.
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
ES: That something bad will happen to those I love.
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
ES: With my husband, swimming somewhere very secluded.
SS: With whom in history do you most identify?
ES: Anyone who has ended up in history books is out of my league.
SS: Which living person do you most admire?
ES: Jane Goodall
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
ES: WOW! COOL!
SS: What do you regret most?
ES: I can't go there. If I did, I'd grind to a permanent halt.
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
ES: I'd like to be able to draw one thing with one hand, while drawing something else with the other.
SS: What is your greatest achievement?
ES: My two children are smart, happy, healthy, and beautiful.
SS: What’s your greatest flaw?
ES: I'm very, very opinionated.
SS: What’s your best quality?
ES: I cannot be railroaded into doing anything I think is wrong.
SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
ES: I'm just beginning to figure out how to deal with myself, and you expect me to switch now?
SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?
ES: I'm very opinionated.
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
ES: Huckleberry Finn
SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
ES: Inspector Javert, in Les Miserables.
SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
ES: Mark Twain, but I'd probably be too awe-stricken to say anything to him.
SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?
ES: people who pick on those who are vulnerable and or disabled
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
ES: doing anything at all with my husband
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
ES: Japanese pearl diver
SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
ES: Courage, a sense of humor, compassion
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
ES: nectarines and kefir
SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?
ES: I'd Like to Check You for Ticks, Brad Paisley; Hard Times, Stephen Foster; Fields of Gold, Sting; Garden Song, David Mallet; We'll Make Our Garden Grow, From Candide, by Leonard Bernstein
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
ES: Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain; Love Medicine, Louise Erdrich; To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee; Our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens; Sweet Thursday, John Steinbeck
SS: Is there a book you love to reread?
ES: I don't have a particular one now, but when I was a child I read Tom Sawyer once a month for several years.
SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
ES: Read constantly.
SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
ES: "You really do a lot of research!"
SS: What is your birthdate?
SS: What were your previous occupations?
ES: Baby sitter, roofer, housecleaner, landscaper, waitress (two hours), graphic designer, worm wrangler
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
ES: doing artwork
SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?
ES: San Rafael High School, San Rafael, California; University of California at Santa Barbara
SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
ES: Randy Newman
SS: What is your favorite movie?
ES: The Princess Bride
SS: What is your favorite television show?
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