Interview with Jessica BurkhartJanuary, 2010
What Readers want to know...
SS: With whom in history do you most identify?
JB: Anna Sewell--the author of Black Beauty. She loved horses and was passionate about preventing cruelty to animals.
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
JB: Relaxing on a comfy float in a sparkling pool in 90 degree weather. Ahhhh...
SS: Which living person do you most admire?
JB: Hillary Clinton. Supersmart, determined and paving the way for women.
SS: What do you regret most?
JB: Obsessing about things I can't do-over.
SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?
JB: My love of animals. (I may or may not have greeted a squirrel when I passed it on the street last week.)
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
JB: Olympic-level gymnast skills. Or any level of gymnastic prowess...
SS: What is your greatest achievement?
JB: Drafting a book in sixteen days.
SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
JB: Keira Knightley. She got to kiss Johnny AND Orlando!
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
JB: Being trapped in a tiny room with spiders. Eek!
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
JB: In a cozy, secluded log cabin during a blizzard. But the power has to stay on!
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
JB: Like, seriously?! and I know, right?!
SS: What’s your greatest flaw?
JB: Control-freak tendancies
SS: What’s your best quality?
JB: Fiercely loyal
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
JB: Roald Dahl's Matilda. The girl is smart, funny and she saved everyone from Miss Trunchbull!
SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
JB: Dolores Umbridge. No one who loves kittens and pink should be THAT evil.
SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?
JB: Laziness makes me crazy.
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
JB: I love watching movies. Often bad ones that critics don't like.
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
JB: Movie producer. Oh, the power!
SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
JB: Humor, honesty and intelligence.
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
JB: Cheeze pizza. Yum!
SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?
JB: Defying Gravity (Wicked), Jump (Madonna), Soak Up the Sun (Sheryl Crow), Better in Time (Leona Lewis) and Why Can't I? (Liz Phair).
SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
JB: I'd love to meet Laura Ingalls Wilder. She roughed it on the frontier and wrote amazing, wonderful stories that still resonate today. I'd tell her about the present and ask her what kind of story she'd tell about it. (Secretly, I'd wonder if she thinks I'm a spoiled writer because of all of the modern conveniences I use (spell check!) that she didn't have.
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
JB: Write, lip gloss, sun, gossip, vanilla cappuccino
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
JB: You're only limited by the effort you put out.
SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
JB: Today, it's Pink. Yesterday, it was JT.
SS: What were your previous occupations?
JB: student, graduate student assistant and freelance writer
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
JB: author (of course!)
SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?
JB: I homeschooled for high school and graduated from Florida State University in spring 2007.
SS: What is your favorite movie?
JB: Mean Girls
SS: What is your favorite television show?
JB: Gossip Girl
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: Who are your favorite authors?
JB: I adore Kate Brian, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Sara Gruen, Stephenie Meyer, Lauren Myracle, Ally Carter and Lauren Weisberger.
SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
JB: In no particular order: The Black Stallion Private Eclipse Riding Lessons National Velvet
SS: Is there a book you love to reread?
JB: Twilight. I'm going on my fourth read!
SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
JB: Write what you love and not what you think people want to read.
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