Interview with Heather Henson

February, 2010
Heather Henson

Quick Start


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

HH: Total and absolute chaos.

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

HH: Be true to yourself.


What Readers want to know...


SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

HH: Getting enough sleep every single night.

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

HH: I am afraid of spiders.

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

HH: Greece.

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

HH: I, like, don't have any, like, over used words!  Like, know what I mean?

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

HH: Playing guitar.

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

HH: Overcoming my fear of flying.

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

HH: Being stubborn.

SS: What’s your best quality?

HH: Being stubborn.

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

HH: My laugh.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

HH: Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

HH: Being a mom.

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

HH: Being a rock star.

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

HH: Honesty, generosity, the ability to laugh at yourself.

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

HH: Warm blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream on top.

SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?

HH: No Woman No Cry -- Bob Marley; In My Life -- The Beatles; Challengers -- The New Pornographers; Private Life Drama -- The Pretenders;  Avalon -- Roxy Music.

SS: What do you regret most?

HH: Not traveling more when I was younger.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?

HH: I don't like the bad guys.

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

HH: When drivers don't use their turn signals.

SS: With whom in history do you most identify?

HH: Zelda Fitzgerald.

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

HH: Margaret Atwood.

SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

HH: A horse.

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

HH: Amelia Earhart:  What really happened? Did you crash into the ocean, or did you live on a deserted island for the rest of your life?


Questions About Books and Writing


SS: Who are your favorite authors?

HH: Alice Munro; Raymond Carver; Andrea Barrett; Michael Ondaatji; Tim Winton; Denis Johnson; Patricia MacLachlan; Lois Lowry; Kate DiCamillo; Jane Austen; F. Scott Fitzgerald; James Still...the list goes on and on!!!!

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

HH: Little Bear by Else Minarik The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt by Patricia MacLachlan The Moons of Jupiter by Alice Munro Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Ship Fever by Andrea Barrett

SS: Is there a book you love to reread?

HH: All of them.

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

HH: Be able to cut the sentence you love the most.

SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

HH: All your books are so different.


General Questions


SS: What is your birthdate?

HH: 12/18

SS: What were your previous occupations?

HH: Editor; freelance writer.

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

HH: Writing books.

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

HH: Danville Highschool in Danville, Kentucky; The New School For Social Research in New York City.

SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

HH: Bach.

SS: What is your favorite movie?

HH: Terminator 2.

SS: What is your favorite television show?

HH: Project Runway.

Get more on Heather Henson at SimonandSchuster.com

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