Interview with Andrew Griffiths

April, 2012
Andrew Griffiths

Quick Start


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

AG: One very big to-do list.

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

AG: Make every heartbeat count.


What Readers want to know...


SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

AG: For me perfect happiness is having a life filled with love and laughter, one where I get to travel and have new experiences every single day. Freedom is really important to me. The more freedom I have to do what I really love doing, the happier I am.

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

AG: Living a completely predictable life.

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

AG: Sitting on a beach in Greece.

SS: With whom in history do you most identify?

AG: Dale Carnegie.

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

AG: The Dalai Lama.

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

AG: This is really important.

SS: What do you regret most?

AG: Nothing.

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

AG: To be able to sculpt.

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

AG: Becoming a diving instructor.

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

AG: I try and do too much.

SS: What’s your best quality?

AG: I love people and I am genuinely interested in them.

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

AG: A killer whale or a polar bear.

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

AG: I smile a lot.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

AG: Indiana Jones.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?

AG: Dr Evil from Austin Powers.

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

AG: I would really like to meet Confucius. There is something about his wisdom that rocks my boat. What would I ask him? That is a tough one. Probably something along the lines of 'which historical character would he like to meet and what would he say to them'.

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

AG: Grammar Nazis.

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

AG: Being a presenter.

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

AG: To be a stand-up comedian.

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

AG: Integrity, humility and love.

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

AG: Octopus...

SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?

AG: Any five songs from any Jimmy Buffett album. He is my hero.


Questions About Books and Writing


SS: Who are your favorite authors?

AG: Dale Carnegie, Wilbur Smith, Seth Godin, Clive Cussler and Robert Ludlum.

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

AG: 'How to Win Friends and Influence People', 'River God', 'Purple Cow', 'The Bourne Ultimatum' and 'A Fortunate Life'.

SS: Is there a book you love to reread?

AG: 'How to Win Friends and Influence People' by Dale Carnegie.

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

AG: Beware of adjectives.

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

AG: When people read my books they feel like I am sitting right next to them having a chat over a coffee.

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