~ 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. I’m glad you’re all enjoying it so much.
Are you ready for Game 16? 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 Build a Fire written and donated by Erin Bried, and $15 Barnes & Noble gift cards (with 1 donated by the wonderful Kellyann Zuzulo), macaroons or starry, starry nights from 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 16 (Please scroll to the bottom of this page for a list and biography of previous Twizzy Stars. Believe me, I’ve hit the jackpot. They’ve 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.
Pete Caldera @pcaldera: Bergen Record Yankees beat writer/occasional band vocalist with the Stan Rubin Orchestra.
www.northjersey.com And http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/pinstripeposts
Marc Carig @ledger_yankees: Real-time coverage of the New York Yankees by The Star-Ledger and NJ.com
www.nj.com And http://carig.wordpress.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
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.
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.
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
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
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 16
1. How hard was it to break into your line of work? Do you enjoy it?
I joined a newspaper a few months after college graduation, but it was difficult to land the job I really wanted. I was in my 12th year in the business when I finally got that “break.” Mostly, I enjoy it immensely.
2. Have you any advice for people who would also like to do your line of work?
Read good writers (don’t limit yourself), keep knocking on doors and don’t give up if you really, really want it.
3. Are you known by any nicknames?
For reasons best forgotten and too ridiculous to explain, I was ‘The Ringer’ in college. Only three of my friends still refer to me by this nickname, but they do so to the complete exclusion of my real name.
4. What song’s your tearjerker?
‘A Cottage for Sale.’ The 1957 version of ‘I’m a Fool to Want You’ comes in second.
5. Do you like capers?
Not especially. (***Note from Denise: I’m going to overlook this answer…***)
6. Any food you must have?
No. But a good Southern Italian restaurant is always a welcome find.
8. How do you feel about the word “carbuncle”?
Sounds like someone who married my carb-aunt.
9. Favorite stroll?
Any city, anywhere, usually leading to a good Irish pub. But to name one? How about across the Brooklyn Bridge? (***Note from Denise: Love this.***)
10. Most embarrassing memory?
Being 13 or 14 and becoming ill in a public way would qualify.
11. Biggest pet peeve?
People who stand on the down escalator.
12. Who would you like to meet (in any time period)?
John F. Kennedy.
13. Who bugs the crap out of you?
Other than people who stand on the down escalator and those who sit on steps? Living in Manhattan, it is surely people who lean on their car horns in your neighborhood.
14. Favorite book?
The Baseball Encyclopedia. Endless information, and an argument solver.
15. Do songs by Nickelback make you want to stuff hot pokers in your ears?
I have never heard of him/them. And I certainly don’t want to now.
16. Favorite movie?
17. Is marmite the singular form of marmosets? More importantly, does marmite make you want to vomit?
Not sure. Makes me want to call an exterminator.
18. Favorite quote?
“Drink up and be somebody” — Dean Martin.
19. Favorite swear word?
In sudden fits, I’ve been known to say goddamn too goddamn much. Vowing to cut back.
20. How do you feel about capybaras?
I’ve never been to Australia.
21. Guilty pleasure?
Old, black and white films of any kind.
22. Favorite character?
The news editor Cary Grant played in ‘His Girl Friday.’ (***Note from Denise: Yay!!!***)
23. Do people who say “sammich” make you want to kick them in the crotch?
Along with people who answer text messages with ‘k’.
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?
This has become awfully violent! I think the Maytag Repairman could surprise some people. At least five of these I couldn’t peg in a police lineup.
Bugs. Not the bunny. (***Note from Denise: You are clearly the most sensible friend I have.***)
26. How do feel about cheese? Be specific.
My dad hooked me on sharp provolone. I grew to appreciate Swiss very much. I seldom, if ever, consume American cheese – though it was pretty much the only type I had as a kid with sandwiches and such.
27. Which 1980’s comedy film is this from: “Where’s the rest of this moose?”
ARTHUR!! My brothers and I would laugh ourselves silly at that scene. (*** Note from Denise: You are awesome! See this, people? ARTHUR!***)
28. Foods you refuse to eat?
Liver. Liverwurst. I’m not fond of eggs, unless scrambled until they are completely dried out.
29. Where do you stand on Justin Bieber?
What’s the fuss again? I must ask my nieces.
Finish this quote from a 1980’s comedy: “Generally you don’t see that kind of behavior in _______________.”
a moose? (*** Note from Denise: I love the moose theme, but, sadly, you’re wrong.***)
________________ Past Twizzy Stars ____________________
***The lovely Bethanne Patrick was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 1. You can find and follow her at @thebookmaven. http://bookmavenmedia.com/
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. http://www.carolineleavitt.com/home.htm
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?
***The hilarious Wallace Matthews was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 3. You can find and follow him at @ESPNNYYankees . http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/yankees
Wallace is the Yankees Beat Writer for ESPN New York.
***The adorable Julie Klam was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 4. You can find and follow her at @julieklam . http://www.julieklam.com/
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)
***The fabulous Colleen Lindsay was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 5. You can find and follow her at @colleenlindsay http://theswivet.com
Colleen is a former literary agent who is currently part of the Business Development team at Penguin Group (USA).
***The wonderful Veronica Brooks-Sigler was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 6. You can find and follow her at @getlit_erate http://www.brookssigler.com
Veronica is the author of Five Finger Fiction. She is working on a sequel. Yay!
***The witty Brett Sandusky was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 7. You can find and follow him at @bsandusky and http://brettlikesstuff.tumblr.com/
Brett is a digital publishing professional, innovator, strategist, marketer and writer.
***The funny Elana Roth was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 8. You can find and follow her at @ElanaRoth and http://www.elanaroth.com
Elana is a literary agent at the Caren Johnson Literary Agency. She’s also second-to-none in quoting Ghostbusters.
***The delightful Gesine Bullock-Prado was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 9. You can find and follow her at @closetmastrbakr and http://www.gesine.com
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.
***The captivating Laura Strachan was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 10. You can find and follow her at @StrachanLit and www.strachanlit.com
Laura is my literary agent. She represents literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. She loves books, art, theatre — compelling stories, well told.
***The talented Joe Wallace was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 11. You can find and follow him at www.josephwallace.com @joe_wallace
Joe is an author of nonfiction books, noir stories, and a novel, DIAMOND RUBY.
***The sweet Kellyann Zuzulo was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 12. You can find and follow her at www.kfzuzulo.com @kfzuzulo
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
***The new mommy Erin Bried was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 14. You can find and follow her at http://erinbried.com/ @NiftyButton
Erin is a pie baker, storyteller, collector of old timey wisdom. Author of How to Build a Fire & Sew a Button (Ballantine). Self mag staff writer.
***The dear Sean Kennedy was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 15. You can find and follow him at http://www.sean-kennedy.com/ @slicksean
Sean is a Writer/journalist/media consultant. His Tweets are 20% each: current affairs/culture; writing/media; LGBT topics; food/food systems; personal.
They are no longer choices for the remaining games in The Twizzy.
12 responses to “The Twizzy – Game 16”
I already know I’m wrong: Karen Palmer
As per usual, I have no real clue, but I’m going to guess Mark Carig. (It seems to be a sports writer. No?)
Pete Caldera, Winner!
Clearly one of those baseball guys! Ken Davidoff?
Mark Feinsand, done and done!
Georgia McBride…just a guess because the name sounds Irish.
Guessing again–just to, um, guess again: Marc Carig.