Interview with Andrew GriffithsApril, 2012
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?
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?
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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