~ 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.
Are you ready for Game 14? 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: 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, and $15 Barnes & Noble gift cards (with 1 donated by the wonderful Kellyann Zuzulo). 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 14 (If you’re interested in who my past Twizzy Stars were, please scroll to the bottom of this page. Believe me, I’ve hit the jackpot. The Twizzy Stars have all been AWESOME! Check them and their answers out!)
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.
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
Ken Davidoff @kendavidoff: National baseball writer for Newday
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.
Jerome Priesler @YankeesInk: New York Times bestselling novelist and regular contributor to YESNetwork.com.
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
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.
The Twizzy – Game 14
1. How hard was it to break into your line of work? Do you enjoy it?
I paid my dues lining up stilettos, according to heel height, in the fashion closet. And yes, I enjoy my work now that I don’t have to line up stilettos, according to heel height, in the fashion closet anymore.
2. Have you any advice for people who would also like to do your line of work?
Don’t quit your bartending job just yet.
3. Are you known by any nicknames?
4. What song’s your tearjerker?
What song isn’t these days? I cried to the Black Eyed Peas during the Superbowl halftime show—get this—because I was actually moved! I mean, where is the love?
5. Do you like capers?
As in, the berry I sometimes find at the bottom of a fancy martini or the escapade I sometimes find myself on after I get to the bottom a martini? Either way, yes.
6. Any food you must have?
Ice cream, preferably homemade with a brownie underneath it.
No thanks. I’m married.
8. How do you feel about the word “carbuncle”?
It sounds like barnacle, and I love the ocean, so I guess I feel ok about it.
9. Favorite stroll?
Race Point Beach in Provincetown at sunset.
10. Most embarrassing memory?
11. Biggest pet peeve?
Nail-clipping on the subway. What is wrong with people?
12. Who would you like to meet (in any time period)?
I’ve already interviewed Angelina Jolie, so I’m good for a while.
13. Who bugs the crap out of you?
People who profess their love of liberty but fight to restrict others’ rights. There should be laws against that.
14. Favorite book?
I’ve read most of them again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media. I’ve read all of them, any of them, that have been in front of me over all these years.
15. Do songs by Nickelback make you want to stuff hot pokers in your ears?
I could not identify a Nickelback song if my life depended on it.
16. Favorite movie?
It’s a tie between The Princess Bride and Love Actually.
17. Is marmite the singular form of marmosets? More importantly, does marmite make you want to vomit?
I was just talking about this last night! Our Aussie dinner guest assured me that it’s way better than peanut butter, but I’m not buying it. Literally.
18. Favorite quote?
“Every one of us has a sign on our chest. It’s invisible but it’s always there. It says, ‘Make me feel special.’ If you make each person around you feel special, you’ll be successful.”—Frank Walter
19. Favorite swear word?
Crap. Does that count? If not, crap.
20. How do you feel about capybaras?
Is that a cocktail?
21. Guilty pleasure?
I’m a big advocate for pleasure without guilt.
22. Favorite character?
I like all 140.
23. Do people who say “sammich” make you want to kick them in the crotch?
No, but its close proximity to the word “crotch” in this sentence is disconcerting.
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?
Hyacinth Bucket looks like my grandmother, so my money is on her.
26. How do feel about cheese? Be specific.
It’s among the things I very much enjoy, but I’m not going to go on and on about it.
27. Which 1980’s comedy film is this from: “Where’s the rest of this moose?”
Pretty in Pink.
28. Foods you refuse to eat?
29. Where do you stand on Justin Bieber?
I prefer lesbians who look like him.
Finish this quote from a 1980’s comedy: “Generally you don’t see that kind of behavior ______________.”
________________ 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.
Elana is a literary agent at the Caren Johnson Literary Agency. She’s also second-to-none in quoting Ghostbusters.
Gesine is a pastry chef, the owner of Gesine Confectionary, and author of Confections of a Closet Master Baker/My Life from Scratch and the recent Sugar Baby.
Laura is my literary agent. She represents literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. She loves books, art, theatre — compelling stories, well told.
Joe is an author of nonfiction books, noir stories, and a novel, DIAMOND RUBY.
Kellyann is a former journalist, author of tales, word laborer, stirrer of soup.
***The brilliant Bob Klapisch was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 13. You can find and follow him at http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/baseball/klapisch/ and http://msn.foxsports.com/writer/Bob_Klapisch @BobKlap
Bob is a baseball columnist for The Bergen Record and foxsports.com
They are no longer choices for the remaining games in The Twizzy.