~ 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 another game of The Twizzy! Thank you for all your responses. Now, are you ready for Game 8?
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), 1 copy of How to Sew a Button written and donated by Erin Bried, 1 copy of How to Build a Fire written and donated by Erin Bried, $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 (www.gesine.com). 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 www.Twitter.com/SunnySoCal and please use “#TheTwizzy” in your question.
Have fun and good luck!
The Twizzy Stars List for Game 8
Nichole Bernier @NicholeBernier: Writer (Conde Nast Traveler) & mother of 5 trafficking in humor, Twizzlers, occasionally wisdom. Novel THE UNFINISHED WORK OF ELIZABETH D, Crown/RH 2012.
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.
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.
Marc Carig @ledger_yankees: Real-time coverage of the New York Yankees by The Star-Ledger and NJ.com
Brenda Copeland @BrendaCopeland: executive editor, teacher, reader, friend, cheese lover
Catherine Delors @CatherineDelors: Writer, historical fiction (For the King, Mistress of the Revolution.) Loves Paris, history and the 18th century.
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.
Ann Leary @annleary: Author of OUTTAKES FROM A MARRIAGE and An INNOCENT, A BROAD
Holly LeCraw @HollyLeCraw : Writer, reader, southerner far from home. My first novel, The Swimming Pool, is out in paperback from Doubleday this April.
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.
David Pomerico @DelReySpectra: Del Rey and Spectra are two of the biggest SF, fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance imprints in–and out of–the world.
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.
Drew Sarver @mypinstripes : Database Developer, Blogger, BaseballDigest.com writer, Beagle lover, Husband
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 8
1. How hard was it to break into your line of work? Do you enjoy it?
I was the luckiest person in the world, and got my first job in publishing by calling R.L. Stine who told me to call his editor who hired me. I stumble into everything by accident. And it usually kicks ass.
2. Have you any advice for people who would also like to do your line of work?
Yes. Be ready to be poor.
3. Are you known by any nicknames?
(***Note from Denise: This answer has been redacted because it was a major clue. If there’s no correct answer by Thursday morning, I’ll put it back in. Stay tuned.***)
4. What song’s your tearjerker?
Right now, Frightened Rabbit’s “Poke”.
5. Do you like capers?
6. Any food you must have?
Mac and cheese.
8. How do you feel about the word “carbuncle”?
It’s fine. I always think about THE TEMPEST when I hear it.
9. Favorite stroll?
Anywhere in Brooklyn. Around the promenade mostly.
10. Most embarrassing memory?
I cannot name just one.
11. Biggest pet peeve?
People who walk too slowly in front of me on the sidewalk, or block doorways.
12. Who would you like to meet (in any time period)?
13. Who bugs the crap out of you?
14. Favorite book?
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
15. Do songs by Nickelback make you want to stuff hot pokers in your ears?
And other people’s ears too.
16. Favorite movie?
Just one? Ghostbusters. (***Note from Denise: Clearly you are awesome.***)
17. Is marmite the singular form of marmosets? More importantly, does marmite make you want to vomit?
As a good friend once said, “Marmite is the devil’s nutella.”
18. Favorite quote?
“This is way beyond my remote concern of being condescending.” The Shins
19. Favorite swear word?
20. How do you feel about capybaras?
I have no opinion about them.
21. Guilty pleasure?
Crappy television like The Biggest Loser and procedural crime shows.
22. Favorite character?
Don’t really have one.
23. Do people who say “sammich” make you want to kick them in the crotch?
Sure. Any excuse to kick people in the crotch is good.
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?
I’m gonna go with Jack Donaghy in this one.
26. How do feel about cheese? Be specific.
Cheese is life.
27. Which 1980’s comedy film is this from: “Where’s the rest of this moose?”
28. Foods you refuse to eat?
Chinese food. Shrimp.
29. Where do you stand on Justin Bieber?
I want to punch him in the face. All the time.
Finish this quote from a 1980’s comedy: “Generally you don’t see that kind of behavior in ____________________________.”
a major appliance.
________________ Past Twizzy Stars ____________________
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.
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?
Wallace is the Yankees Beat Writer for ESPN New York.
Julie is the New York Times Bestselling Author of You Had Me At Woof: How Dogs Taught Me The Secrets of Happiness and Please Excuse My Daughter (Riverhead)
Colleen is a former literary agent who is currently part of the Business Development team at Penguin Group (USA).
Veronica is the author of Five Finger Fiction. She is working on a sequel. Yay!
Brett is a digital publishing professional, innovator, strategist, marketer and writer.
They are no longer choices for the remaining games.