Interview with Jennifer GilmoreFebruary, 2010
What Readers want to know...
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
JG: Sitting on a warm rock, a mountain to my back, my dog swimming in a cold lake. If someone I love is with me, even better.
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
JG: I believe that might reveal too much about me!
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
JG: somewhere I haven't yet been.
SS: With whom in history do you most identify?
JG: does my grandmother count?
SS: Which living person do you most admire?
JG: if I could combine Barbra Streisand, Madeleine Albright, Martina Navratilova and Zadie Smith, well, she would be someone to admire.
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
JG: let's all just take the gaspipe then
SS: What do you regret most?
JG: not learning how to speak many languages and believing money doesn't matter.
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
JG: I'd like to be one of those people who comes in and organizes your closet. Or a really amazing singer.
SS: What is your greatest achievement?
JG: Honestly, I think it's yet to come.
SS: What’s your greatest flaw?
SS: What’s your best quality?
JG: I'm good with people.
SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
JG: A calm, organized and patient person or thing.
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
JG: Jane Eyre
SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
JG: Philip Roth (yes)
SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
JG: Judy Garland. I'd ask her if my father really was at Carnegie Hall and if it's true she almost fell into his lap.
SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?
JG: As a New Yorker, it's the not cleaning up after your dog on the street. Petty, but true.
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
JG: loyalty, humor, generosity
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
JG: a lobster roll from Reds
SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?
JG: those would have to be timeless so: If you See Her Say Hello, Bob Dylan; Nina Simone's Here Comes the Sun, Tom Waits, Closing Time; Joni Mitchell, River; Metal heart, Cat Power. Uplifting stuff, only to me it really is.
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
SS: What is your birthdate?
SS: What were your previous occupations?
JG: camp counselor, telemarketer, radio host, bartender, publicity director, teacher
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
JG: When the writing is going well, nothing beats being a writer.
SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?
JG: I went to Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and Brandeis University. I went to graduate school at Cornell.
SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
JG: Just one? How cruel. Bob Dylan
SS: What is your favorite movie?
JG: I can't choose a movie, but I can choose a decade: the 70's. Nothing beats that era for the movies.
SS: What is your favorite television show?
JG: Mad Men. Mad Men. Mad Men.
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
JG: If I had one perhaps I would be better off...
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