Author Revealed

About Jeremy Poolman

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 9/28

Q. Previous occupations

A. None.

Q. Favorite job

A. n/a

Q. High school and/or college

A. University College School; Oxford Poly.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Antonin Dvorak.

Q. Favorite movie

A. Billy Liar.

Q. Favorite television show

A. Everybody Loves Raymond.

Revealing Questions

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. You Can't Go Home Again.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Any moment when my six-year-old son slips his hand into mine.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. A return to the nuthouse from which I somehow escaped.

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

A. Okracoke Island, Outer Banks, North Carolina.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Absurdly, Napoleon III.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. John McCarthy.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Strictly speaking...

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not writing a sequel to my first book when everyone said I should. I might have made some money.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. To play the piano like Ben Laver.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Getting away with it for so long.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Vanity. But then I'm brilliant and good-looking, so I'm allowed.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Bloody-mindedness.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Myself when younger, with the benefit of all I know now.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. A desire to be liked.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Gatsby, of course.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Gatsby, of course.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. 'Less' when it should be 'fewer'; 'fewer' when it should be 'less.' But perhaps I should get myself a life.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Drawing.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Writer, but better, braver.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Fragrant, tolerant, modest. In others, that is.

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

A. Boiled potatoes.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Five For Fighting: Tuesday; Kool and the Gang: In the Hood; the late Dan Fogelberg: Somewhere Along the Way; Mel Torme: Five and Dime Store; James Henry: The Sun is Cracking the Flags.

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Stephen Ambrose; Thomas Woolfe; Paul Scott; William Trevor; Robert Frost.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. You Can't Go Home Again; The Jewel in the Crown; Crazy Horse and Custer; The Silence in the Garden; Frost, Poems.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. You Can't Go Home Again.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. If you can think of something you'd rather do, do it.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. I thought you were someone else.