Interview with Cassandra ClareOctober, 2009
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
CC: So many books, so little time.
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
CC: Crowded apartment, crazy cat, piles of books, laptop!
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: Who are your favorite authors?
CC: Dorothy Dunnett, Dorothy Sayers, Diana Wynne Jones, E. Nesbit, Susan Cooper
SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
CC: Gaudy Night, Famous Last Words, Carry On, Jeeves, The Return of the King, Emma
SS: Is there a book you love to reread?
CC: I reread Wodehouse's Jeeves books every year.
SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
CC: Write what you love to read.
SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
CC: When will there be a movie?
What Readers want to know...
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?
CC: People who talk to me while I'm reading.
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
CC: Movie location scout.
SS: Which living person do you most admire?
CC: Let's make it a tie between Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
CC: "Don't pet the cat, he bites. Oh, too late."
SS: What do you regret most?
CC: Not learning a foreign language when I was young enough to become fluent.
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
CC: Being able to draw or paint.
SS: What is your greatest achievement?
CC: Alphabetizing my entire library.
SS: What’s your greatest flaw?
SS: What’s your best quality?
CC: I'm short, so I have a low center of gravity and corner well.
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
CC: Percy Blakeney, because he hides his heroism.
SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
CC: Alex of A Clockwork Orange. I mean, I don't like him, but he's interesting.
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
SS: What were your previous occupations?
CC: Taboid entertainment writer.
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
CC: The one I have now.
SS: What is your favorite movie?
CC: L.A. Confidential
SS: What is your favorite television show?
CC: Veronica Mars
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