If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? The past for sure. I’m having too much fun creating my future, day by day (not that it’s always a walk in the park…)
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose? I could imagine trying to coax a few stories out of Samuel Beckett over a glass of Rioja, and if Albert Camus and Marcel Proust were there it would be even more interesting. I would probably have to brush up my French before the dinner. I would not invite James Joyce, because he’s such a downer, don’t you think? But I’d definitely have Albert Einstein along, as well as Stephen Hawking. They’d get along, wouldn’t they? The party would get awfully stuffy with all these men, so I would also like to have Reese Witherspoon there, just to liven things up for Einstein (and me). And if I could invite a couple more women, why not add Virginia Woolf and Grace Kelly? I see Grace hitting it off with Reese, and it might be entertaining to watch the sparks fly between Virginia Woolf and Camus.
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you? A floppy hat, because I like a little sun but not too much. A box of DTBs (dead tree books, for those who don’t know) to tide me over till I’m rescued. And a satellite phone with full battery power with which I could call for my rescue once I got tired of being off the grid (three months? Six months?)
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Mint chip.
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? Abraham Lincoln. He was a good writer.
One food you would never eat? Okra. I’ve tried to make friends with it, but it’s kind of slimy. Maybe I just haven’t found the right recipe.
Pet Peeves? I don’t like the word “no,” closely followed by the word “can’t.” I don’t get along with people who use those words a lot. It’s like an allergy.
Skittles or M&Ms? M&Ms.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. Either one of my books will make you laugh out loud – guaranteed.
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? I was definitely a “Charlotte’s Web” fanatic. I also loved every book Beverly Cleary ever wrote. “Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret” was a shocker for me. Excuse me, you wanted one title? Are you crazy?
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters? It’s you again, you want me to give you one song? ONE song? How about a little representative list of Annie Ogden theme songs:
“Never Going Back Again” by Fleetwood Mac
“Kiss” by Prince
“Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix
“Give Me One Reason” by Tracy Chapman
“I’ll Take You There” by the Staple Singers
“Every Breath You Take” by the Police
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? Attach butt securely to chair. Oft-quoted, but no less true for that. I cry for all the great books that never got written because writers got distracted by alcohol, or the good life, or whatever. Writing is hard work, and there is no substitute for the endless revising that we do.