The Twizzy Game 2 is here! Play Now!

~ You love them. You’ve read their books or articles. You follow them on Twitter. But how well do you know them and their wicked sense of humor? Play The Twizzy and find out. ~

Happy Monday and welcome back to The Twizzy! The response to Game 1 was incredible. Thank you. I’m so glad you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed writing it and grilling our fabulous Twizzy Stars. Now, are you ready for Game 2?

There are some changes this week. Each of you is allowed only 1 guess per day.

I’ll give a recap for those of you who didn’t play last week. Here goes:

Below is the list of the participants with their Twitter bio and handles. While you go through, you may consider following them, and buying their books or newspapers. These people are awesome, truly. As busy as they are, they took time out to play “The Twizzy” and they answered the questions with such flair that I was laughing each time a new email came in.

Once you’ve gone through the list, take a look at the question and answer session below. You will laugh. The questions will be the same every Monday. Your job is to figure out who from the list answered the questions that week. Include your guess in the comments section here on my blog. I will not post your comments until the winner has been announced. This is because I want you to guess on your own. If by Thursday there is still no correct answer, I’ll give 1 hint. The first correct answer wins a prize. Yes, a prize. They consist of: An Uncommon History of Common Things co-written and donated by Bethanne Patrick (while supplies last), Seven Souls A Leaping co-written and donated by Kellyann Zuzulo (while supplies last), $15 Barnes & Noble gift cards (with 1 donated by the wonderful Kellyann Zuzulo), and Starry, Starry Nights or Macaroons that I’ll buy from Gesine Confectionary ( You will have until Friday to guess. Then I will reveal The Twizzy Star of the Week. If you’re not on Twitter, you can still play because you’ve likely read their books or articles, and, as the weeks go on, the list will narrow.

If you have any questions, Tweet me at and please use “#TheTwizzy” in your question.

Have fun and good luck!

~ Denise

The Twizzy Stars List for Game 2

Erin Bried @NiftyButton: Mod girl looking back. Pie baker, storyteller, collector of old timey wisdom. Author of How to Build a Fire & Sew a Button (Ballantine). Self mag staff writer.


Veronica Brooks-Sigler @getlit_erate: Bookseller/Social Medium for Maple Street Book Shops. Author. I’m only back because I can’t keep my mouth shut for too long.

Gesine Bullock-Prado @closetmastrbakr: Pastry chef, owner Gesine Confectionary & author of Confections of a Closet Master Baker/My Life from Scratch and Sugar Baby.


Pete Caldera @pcaldera: Bergen Record Yankees beat writer/occasional band vocalist with the Stan Rubin Orchestra. And

Marc Carig @ledger_yankees: Real-time coverage of the New York Yankees by The Star-Ledger and And


Brenda Copeland @BrendaCopeland: executive editor, teacher, reader, friend, cheese lover



Mark Feinsand @BloggingBombers: The Yankees beat writer for the New York Daily News.

Jenny Gardiner @jennygardiner: Author of Sleeping with Ward Cleaver, Winging It: A Memoir of Caring for a Vengeful Parrot Who’s Determined to Kill Me, & Slim to None. Also a laugh ho.

Jennifer Gilmore @jenwgilmore: Author of the new novel Something Red, and the NYTimes Notable novel, Golden Country.


Jane Heller @janeheller1: Novelist, Screenwriter, Blogger, Author of Confessions of a She-Fan, Yankees diehard, movies/books fan, pop culture maven

Sean Kennedy @slicksean: Writer/journalist/media consultant. Tweets are 20% each: current affairs/culture; writing/media; LGBT topics; food/food systems; personal.

Julie Klam @julieklam: Author of The New York Times Bestseller You Had Me At Woof: How Dogs Taught Me The Secrets of Happiness and Please Excuse My Daughter (Riverhead)

Ann Leary @annleary: Author of OUTTAKES FROM A MARRIAGE and An INNOCENT, A BROAD

Caroline Leavitt @leavittnovelist: author of 9 novels. New: PICTURES OF YOU, already in 3rd printing! Screenwriter, editor, critic for Boston Globe and People, UCLA writing teacher.

Colleen Lindsay @colleenlindsay: Publishing browncoat. Cat herder. Queer human. Professional nerd. TARDIS fan. Athlete’s foot survivor. Part of Penguin Group (USA) Business Development team.


Wallace Matthews @ESPNNYYankees: Yankee beat writer for ESPN New York


Georgia McBride @Georgia_McBride: YA author of the PRAEFATIO series. Represented by Mark McVeigh of The McVeigh Agency. Founder of #YAlitchat. Mom to 2 humans + 3 Chihuahuas. Hopeless Romantic.

Susan Orlean @susanorlean: Writer, writer, writer. Oh, I also write.


Karen Palmer @karen_palmer: Writer, editor, teacher. If I had to choose between reading and eating I’d be dead in a week.


Elana Roth @elanaroth: Brooklynite, children’s book agent, Squarespace support-team member, semi-pro Jew, bourbon drinker. I work for lots of people. None of these tweets are theirs.

Brett Sandusky @bsandusky: digital publishing professional | innovator | strategist | marketer | writer | going to change the world

Kathleen Schmidt @bookgirl96: A bookish broad, PR superhero, mother of two, lover of sports, and wife of @Rockpappa.


Jayne Sharp-Vitty @jaynesharp: Mummy, wife, voice over & telly gal x

Alyssa Smith @booksandcorsets: Editor, reviewer, convention organizer, avid costumer, and owner of several demanding parrots. Non-official feed. Tweets about her interests: cooking, sewing




Laura Strachan @StrachanLit: literary agent representing literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. Loves books, art, theatre — compelling stories, well told.

Joe Wallace @joe_wallace: I’m a writer of nonfiction books, noir stories, and a novel, DIAMOND RUBY.



Allison Winn-Scotch @aswinn: Novelist, NY Times best seller (yeah, I had to get that in), celeb profiler, diaper changer, dog walker, ass-kicker, pop culture junkie, superwoman.

Laura Zigman @laurazigman: Writer, branter, complainer, mom, recovering publicist.

Kellyann Zuzulo @kfzuzulo: Former journalist, author of tales, word laborer, stirrer of soup.

The Twizzy- Game 2


1.      How hard was it to break into your line of work? Do you enjoy it?

It took me ten years to get published, but I adore it.  I get to make things up for a living and live in other worlds!

2.      Have you any advice for people who would also like to do your line of work?

Yup.  Don’t give up.  Not even when someone tells you you will never make it.

3.      Are you known by any nicknames?

Nope, though as a kid I was called Nicky or Blood Bones (don’t ask.)

4.      What song’s your tearjerker?

There is a Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths

5.      Do you like capers?


6.      Any food you must have?

Pasta.  I can eat it for breakfast.

7.      Pet?

I had a cranky tortoise for twenty years named Minnie.  I still miss him.

8.      How do you feel about the word “carbuncle”?

EW.  No.

9.     Favorite stroll?

Anywhere in my beloved New York City.

10.  Most embarrassing memory?

I was thirteen and I still sucked my thumb and some friends of mine caught me!

11.  Biggest pet peeve?


12.  Who would you like to meet (in any time period)?

F. Scott Fitzgerald.

13.  Who bugs the crap out of you?

Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin.

14.  Favorite book?

The Great Gatsby

15.  Do songs by Nickelback make you want to stuff hot pokers in your ears?


16.  Favorite movie?

Splendor in the Grass. Old Elia Kazan Film.

17.  Is marmite the singular form of marmosets? More importantly, does marmite make you want to vomit?

Yes.  It makes me want to vomit!

18.  Favorite quote?

“If you don’t feel you are on the edge of possibly humiliating yourself or losing control of the whole thing, then what you’re writing probably isn’t very vital.” John Irving

19.  Favorite swear word?


20.  How do you feel about capybaras?

Um, what?

21.  Guilty pleasure?

I love reading gossip blogs.

22.  Favorite character?

The Great Gatsby himself.

23.  Do people who say “sammich” make you want to kick them in the crotch?

Either that, or whack them in the face with a good dictionary.

24.  Which character would win this smackdown: Peter Venkman, Jack Donaghy, Stay Puft, Dwight Shrute, George Costanza, Basil Fawlty, Mortimer Brewster, Hyacinth Bucket, Mr. Whipple, or the Maytag Repairman?

Oh, this is a toughie!  Stay Puft. *Note from Denise: I especially like this answer.*

25.  Phobias?

I’m terrified of driving.  I fear bed bugs.

26.  How do feel about cheese? Be specific.

I adore cheese with a passion, but not processed cheese.  Aged, smoked, expensive cheeses.

27.  Which 1980’s comedy film is this from: “Where’s the rest of this moose?”

I have no plonking idea. *Note from Denise: This, although a funny response, saddens me. People, come on!*

28.  Foods you refuse to eat?

Mayonnaise.  I won’t even touch the jar.

29.  Where do you stand on Justin Bieber?

As far away as possible. *Note from Denise: Love it.*


Finish this quote from a 1980’s comedy: “Generally you don’t see that kind of behavior in ____________________________.”

Head lice. *Note from Denise: Truly imaginative but wrong. People, you know this answer.*


***The lovely Bethanne Patrick was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 1. You can find and follow her at @thebookmaven

Bethanne is responsible for #fridayreads on Twitter and the Friday Reads Facebook page. By all means, stop by every Friday and share what you’re reading. She is no longer an option for any of the other games.



13 responses to “The Twizzy Game 2 is here! Play Now!”

  1. Okay. The fact that “fuck” is the favorite curse word is NO help! I can think of 6 people from your list who live that word!
    The bed bugs thing helped me a bit I think… maybe not.
    Okay, I’m torn between Susan Orlean, Jen Gilmore, & Kelley Z.
    I’m going with Jen Gilmore — final answer. 😉


  2. Susan Orlean? And oh! oh! I know the answer to question #27!! pick me! pick me! I love that movie!!!!


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