Interview with Jennifer Weiner

April, 2012
Jennifer Weiner

Quick Start

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

JW: Writer, reader, social networker, Mom. Busy, busy, busy!

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

JW: "Don't pick it." My Mom told me that, and it applies to any number of situations.

What Readers want to know...

SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

JW: A quiet afternoon, a down comforter, a fire in the fireplace, a great book. (Oh, and snacks. Maybe tea and shortbread).

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

JW: Being between books, and unable to find a good one.

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

JW: Cape Cod, on a perfect sunny July afternoon, paddling my kayak through the salt marsh with my daughters, looking for clams.

SS: What do you regret most?

JW: Meeting one of my literary heroes -- one of the men whose work made me think that I could become a writer, too. He turned out to be a horrible sexist who claimed to never read books by women. I'm still getting over that one.

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

JW: I can sing adequately, but if I could, I'd love to be really, really good. Good enough to take it on the road.

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

JW: I think I'm supposed to say something about my children or my books here, but honestly, any morning that I wake up and find that I've successfully charged the various electronic devices that I'll need, that's a good day.

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

JW: I am terrifically thin-skinned, and I hold grudges. So don't piss me off! Not even accidentally!

SS: What’s your best quality?

JW: I'm an excellent tipper, I know lots of dirty jokes, and I watch lots of bad reality TV. So if you're a struggling waitress who wants to talk about "America's Next Top Model," I'm your girl.

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

JW: I think I'd be me, only maybe a little younger and better-looking.

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

JW: I'm usually smiling.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

JW: Linda Voss, from Susan Isaac's SHINING THROUGH, a secretary-turned-spy who saves the world and gets the guy.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?

JW: Pennywise in Stephen King's IT. Seriously, if there's anything scarier than a killer clown, I don't even want to know about it.

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

JW: After meeting the horribly sexist literary hero, I think I've given up on wishing for future encounters with famous people.

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

JW: That women's fiction is still -- still! -- considered less worthy than the stuff men writer. And that's if it's considered at all.

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

JW: I love to read, I like to cook, and I love hanging out with my daughters.

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

JW: Backup singer! I actually got to live the fantasy for a night when the Rock Bottom Remainders, an all-author supergroup, came to town, and I sang back-up on "Mustang Sally." I have no idea how I sounded, or even if my microphone was on, but I loved it, loved it, loved it.

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

JW: Integrity, sense of humor, willingness to share dessert.

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