Interview with Persia Walker

October, 2009
Persia Walker

General Questions

SS: What is your birthdate?

PW: 12/3

SS: What were your previous occupations?

PW: News writer for The Associated Press

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

PW: News Writer for AP Broadcast in Washington, DC

SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?

PW: H.S. of Performing Arts & Swarthmore College

SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

PW: Boney James

SS: What is your favorite movie?

PW: Notorious

SS: What is your favorite television show?

PW: Life

What Readers want to know...

SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

PW: Having time for the people you love and the resources to care for and protect them.

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

PW: That these extra ten pounds will stick with me.

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

PW: In my own house in Provence.

SS: With whom in history do you most identify?

PW: The Invisible Woman.

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

PW: My 92-year-old-mother.

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

PW: Just, just, just.

SS: What do you regret most?

PW: Not taking that trip to Grenoble in my junior year of college.

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

PW: I would sing.

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

PW: At times overcoming my lack of self-confidence

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

PW: Lack of self-confidence

SS: What’s your best quality?

PW: My compassion.

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

PW: Me

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

PW: Personal warmth.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

PW: Harry Bosch

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

PW: That I'm so disorganized

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

PW: Watching television on my laptop.

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

PW: Being a bestselling writer.

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

PW: Honesty, loyalty, a sense of humor

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

PW: Tangerines

SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?

PW: Gem McKay

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

PW: I would meet Veronica, the woman who wiped Jesus's face with a cloth. I would ask her where she found the courage to perform such a singular act of kindness. I'd also ask her, "What did you do with the cloth?"

Questions About Books and Writing

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

PW: Take acting classes to better your craft and think of yourself as an entrepreneur, with your books as your products and your publisher as your partner.

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