Interview with Ann K. FinkbeinerApril, 2012
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
AF: Interesting, fattening, gratifying, tiring, sociable, worrisome, extremely pleasurable
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
AF: Don't choose, have both. Courage! Onward! Duck!
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: Who are your favorite authors?
AF: Marilynne Robinson, Peter Carey, Peter Taylor, Tracy Kidder, Flannery O'Connor, Virginia Woolf, Penelope Fitzgerald
SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
AF: Robinson's Home, Robinson's Gilead, Kidder's Among Schoolchildren, Woolf's diary and letters, Fitzgerald's At Freddie's
SS: Is there a book you love to reread?
AF: Flannery O'Connor's letters
SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
AF: Keep an eye out for stories; never give up; rewrite with humility and until you hit diminishing returns
SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
AF: That science stuff wasn't hard at all. It was kind of interesting.
What Readers want to know...
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
AF: Sunday afternoon in spring
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
AF: right here; Northeast Harbor, ME; Florence, Italy
SS: With whom in history do you most identify?
AF: never thought about it, no idea
SS: Which living person do you most admire?
AF: same as above
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
AF: nice, lovely, looking forward to it
SS: What do you regret most?
AF: my son's death
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
AF: either singing or dancing
SS: What is your greatest achievement?
AF: writing the second book
SS: What’s your greatest flaw?
SS: What’s your best quality?
SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
AF: I'm fine with what I am
SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
AF: one of the kids in At Freddie's
SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
AF: can't think of one
SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
AF: Shakespeare and I'd ask how the hell he did it.
SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?
AF: listening to movie plots
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
AF: I'm doing it
SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
AF: courage, endurance, faith
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
SS: What were your previous occupations?
AF: teaching junior high school gifted students
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?
AF: Naperville, Illinois
SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
SS: What is your favorite movie?
AF: Wise Blood, but I never want to see it again
SS: What is your favorite television show?
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