Author Revealed

Simon & Schuster asked me to fill out this questionnaire, which is now posted on my S&S author page. But I thought I'd post them here as well for your smirking eye-rolling oh-man-she's-so-predictable amusement.

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
    A. Love, friendship, beauty, truth, faith, diligence, and laughter.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?
    A. Fall down seven times, stand up eight.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
    A. A white sand beach, a pina colada, and nowhere else to be.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?
    A. Death. Large dogs. And bugs. Pretty much in that order.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
    A. Toronto, my hometown, having dim sum with my family, and then grabbing a Timmy's with my friends.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?
    A. My husband. For putting up with me. Worst-paying job in the world, but he's great at it!

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
    A. "Seriously?", "Interesting!", and "Oh HELL no."

Q. What do you regret most?
    A. No regrets. Everything in my past brought me to where I am today, and this is a really good place.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
    A. The ability to read my cats' minds. What? Is that weird?

Q. What is your greatest achievement?
    A. Marrying Steve. Having the same best friends for over 20 years. And writing CREEP.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
    A. I overanalyze everything.

Q. What’s your best quality?
    A. Loyalty. And I'm a good listener.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
    A. Why, a superhero, of course!

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
    A. I have an easy laugh.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
    A. Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme.That dude seriously kicks butt.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
    A. Hannibal Lecter.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
    A. Cigarette smoke and wimpy handshakes.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
    A. Reading. Talking to friends. And watching MAD MEN.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
    A. Opera singer! Too bad I can't sing.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
    A. Open-mindedness, honesty, and a sense of humor.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
    A. French fries. With ketchup.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
    A. "Creep" by Radiohead (of course), "Here, There, and Everywhere" by The Beatles, "Walk" by Foo Fighters, "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, and "By Your Side" by Sade.

How would you answer some of these questions?