Interview with Andrew OyéMarch, 2010
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
AO: Documenting the incessant madness in a creative mind.
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
AO: Design your survival.
What Readers want to know...
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
AO: creative, spiritual & financial freedom
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
AO: losing my mind
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
AO: on top of the world
SS: With whom in history do you most identify?
AO: my former self...who evolves every time I do
SS: Which living person do you most admire?
AO: people living their dreams
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
SS: What do you regret most?
AO: never knowing sooner what I know at the current moment
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
AO: musical talent
SS: What is your greatest achievement?
AO: daily survival with a shred of sanity
SS: What’s your greatest flaw?
SS: What’s your best quality?
AO: my creative gene
SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
AO: a good night's sleep
SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?
AO: my tenacity
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
AO: I'm always creating him
SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
AO: I'm always creating him
SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
AO: I need to think more about this...after more history has passed.
SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
AO: creative director
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
AO: entertainment mogul
SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
AO: drive, dedication, follow-through
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
AO: green grapes
SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?
AO: stuff from the catalogues of Sadé, Annie Lennox & Lauryn Hill...each have songs/voices that have actually made me shed a tear (there, i said it!) i also like phil collins, jay-z, prodigy, sting & rage against the machine.
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
AO: I don't want to commit to my "favorite of all time" yet, but classics I enjoyed include Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mocking Bird," F. Scott Fitzgerald’s "The Great Gatsby," and Richard Wright’s "Native Son."
SS: Is there a book you love to reread?
AO: my own book of dreams
SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
AO: Write to tell not to sell. (Write, first, to "tell a story" not to "sell a book.")
SS: What were your previous occupations?
AO: many posts in communications (copywriter/editor, PR executive, editorial director, etc.)
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
AO: I enjoy a plethora of music.
SS: What is your favorite movie?
SS: What is your favorite television show?
AO: I like music videos & interview shows.
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