The Twizzy – Game 3! Play now! Go! Click!

~ 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 has been fantastic. 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 3?

Remember, each of you is allowed 1 guess per day.

I’ll give a recap for those of you who haven’t played yet:

In my quest to keep you all entertained, I thought up a quiz. But not just any quiz. That would be boring. This is a quiz where Twitter Stars answer 30 questions. As you’ll see, these aren’t your run-of-the-mill questions. That, too, would be boring. As far as I’m concerned, this is the first time something of this scope has been done on Twitter. If it isn’t, I’m sure someone will let me know (but I won’t believe them).

Originally it was just to be the published authors I interact with but this plan grew and grew. Everyone I asked said yes! So what you have here is a lovely mix of writers – from New York Times Bestselling authors to newly published ones. From sportswriters to freelance journalists. I didn’t stop there though. I asked literary agents and editors, and then it extended to all aspects of publishing – from business development to public relations. I’ve even been lucky enough to snag one British celebrity.

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 3

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

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 3

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

It was so easy I should have known it was a trap. And yes I like it. It beats changing spark plugs for a living.

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

Yes. Don’t.

3.      Are you known by any nicknames?

None that can repeated in civilized company.

4.      What song’s your tearjerker?

“I used to love her (but I had to kill her)” by GNR

5.      Do you like capers?

You mean like the Lufthansa Heist? Love them.

6.      Any food you must have?

Is bourbon a food?

7.      Pet?

Not on the first date.

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

Don’t know but I hope I don’t get one.

9.     Favorite stroll?

From bed to coffee machine. And back again.

10.  Most embarrassing memory?

I’m too embarrassed to share it.

11.  Biggest pet peeve?

Overall American stupidity.

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

Jimi Hendrix.

13.  Who bugs the crap out of you?

Too long a list to narrow down. And no, Alex Rodriguez is not on it.  (*** Note from Denise: I’m very glad to hear this!***)

14.  Favorite book?

Moby Dick

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

Can’t hear you. Got hot pokers stuffed in both ears.

16.  Favorite movie?

Treasure of the Sierra Madre. That or Women’s Penetentiary Bake Sale Massacre

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

Is that the Aussie stuff that smells like feces? Have to go back to ques. 6 and change my answer.

18.  Favorite quote?

“These games are, literally, life and death” – Alex Rodriguez shortly before he passed away following Game 6 of 2010 ALCS(*** Note from Denise: We are not amused…***)

19.  Favorite swear word?

How the fuck should I know?

20.  How do you feel about capybaras?

Very carefully.

21.  Guilty pleasure?

Taking quizzes.

22.  Favorite character?

Fred C. Dobbs

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

It’s long been my regular policy.

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?

Mr. Whipple would squeeze the shit, I mean Charmin, out of the rest of them.

25.  Phobias?

I’m too afraid to tell you.

26.  How do feel about cheese? Be specific.

Love to cut it.

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

Citizen Kane

28.  Foods you refuse to eat?

Anything I have to pay for. (*** Note from Denise: The remaining sentence in this answer has been edited out because it’s a dead giveaway.***)

29.  Where do you stand on Justin Bieber?

Preferably on his nuts. With my boots on.


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

gerbils. (***Note from Denise: Hilarious, but no!***)


***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.

***The charming Caroline Leavitt was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 2. You can find and follow her at @leavittnovelist.

Caroline has been on the New York Times Bestseller List for 2 weeks in a row now with her book PICTURES OF YOU. Why not buy it today?

They are no longer choices for the remaining games.



22 responses to “The Twizzy – Game 3! Play now! Go! Click!”

  1. Hi Denise

    Nice quiz. Plus I now have more people to follow on Twitter. My guess is Brett Sandusky.

    Rae x


  2. I was going to say someone who’s not on the list because it totally sounds like her answers. I’ll go with Mark F. I have no idea.


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