Interview with Lisa McMann

December, 2009
Lisa McMann

Questions About Books and Writing


SS: Who are your favorite authors?

LM: This is the hardest question ever! The answer changes all the time, depending on what I'm in the mood for. I love Chris Crutcher, Sara Zarr, Lois Lowry, Elizabeth Scott, Madeleine L'Engle, Gordon Korman, Michelle Magorian, Heather Bouwman.

SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

LM: No, THIS is the hardest question ever. But here goes: Little Women The Count of Monte Cristo The Poisonwood Bible East of Eden A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

SS: Is there a book you love to reread?

LM: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

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

LM: Learn how to take criticism and keep writing--it takes a lot of practice.


Quick Start


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

LM: Another dorky, Pajama-wearing writer, Spilling angst around. (hey look, it’s a haiku!)

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

LM: Get over it and ask, "What's next?"


General Questions


SS: What were your previous occupations?

LM: I was a blueberry picker, bindery worker, bookstore clerk and later manager, and a Realtor.

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

LM: Writing! And being a mom.

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

LM: I went to Holland Christian High School in Holland, Michigan, and to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

LM: My husband, Matt McMann. He proposed to me with a song. Isn't that romantic?

SS: What is your favorite movie?

LM: Love, Actually

SS: What is your favorite television show?

LM: The Office


What Readers want to know...


SS: What’s your greatest fear?

LM: Zombies. And fire. Zombies on fire would reallly do me in.

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

LM: I would love to go to Greece.

SS: With whom in history do you most identify?

LM: Napoleon. (Dynamite...not Bonaparte)

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

LM: I shout out, "Bring home the baron!" way too often.

SS: What do you regret most?

LM: seventh grade

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

LM: ambidexterity

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

LM: penmanship

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

LM: I would like to deliver flowers.

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

LM: Absolutely, without a doubt, peanut butter. You've got your carbs, your protein, your fat, your veggies (the pea part, right?)...it's like the entire food pyramid in one ever-loving spoonful.

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

LM: Two people -- my kids. They are doing a freaking awesome job growing into young adults.

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

LM: Sometimes, I would like to disappear.

SS: What’s your best quality?

LM: I am fairly generous.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

LM: Louis, from Harvest Moon Magical Melody. *sigh*

SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

LM: Jesus Christ. I'd say, "Sooo...what WOULD you do, actually?"

SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?

LM: Some might argue that he doesn't qualify as a villain, but I'd have to go with Severus Snape.

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

LM: Promptness, kindness, and a sense of humor.

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

LM: I have a big smile...that's probably it.

Get more on Lisa McMann at SimonandSchuster.com

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