The Twizzy – Game 17

~ 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 17? 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 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 17 (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.

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

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

Drew Sarver @mypinstripes : Database Developer, Blogger, 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 17

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

Pretty difficult–it was a “I kind of know someone in the industry, get my foot in the door” sort of thing.  But I do love it.

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

Do your homework and stay focused on what you actually want to do (in other words, don’t just apply to every position, hoping to get your toes wet and then move to another department later–it’s not really how it works).  Know what kind of books you like to read, where they are published, and if the job you’re applying for does those kinds of books.  

3. Are you known by any nicknames?

My initials and Rage Lantern.

4. What song’s your tearjerker?

No songs make me cry.  Movies, on the other hand…

5. Do you like capers?

I don’t hate them, but don’t really see the point to them, either.  Unless you mean “criminal activities”…

6. Any food you must have?

I’m a New Yorker, so real pizza and bagels are a must.

7. Pet?


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

It makes me think of Jon from Garfield for some reason. (***Note from Denise: YES!***)

9. Favorite stroll?

Anywhere between Houston and 14th in the Fall.

10. Most embarrassing memory?

There’s absolutely no way I’m telling you this. (***Note from Denise: Party Pooper!***)

11. Biggest pet peeve?

I have so many, but the biggest is people who don’t have theater etiquette: if there are open seats, don’t sit near me.  Don’t use your phone.  Don’t hold prolonged conversations–and if you do have to talk, whisper.  

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

Mos Def

13. Who bugs the crap out of you?

My oldest brother.  But I love him, too, so I guess that’s a wash.

14. Favorite book?

Ender’s Game.

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

Eh…I can take ’em or leave ’em.  They’re fairly benign in my opinion.

16. Favorite movie?

Casablanca. (***Note from Denise: Same answer as The Twizzy Star from Game 16!***)

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

I had to look up “marmite.”  I’ve never had it, but I’m sure it’s not really what I’d want on a sandwich.

18. Favorite quote?

Currently: “You have too many Urkels–that’s why your Wins-low” — Kanye

19. Favorite swear word?


20. How do you feel about capybaras?

Grill it up and give me some fries and I’ll let you know. (***Note from Denise (the vegetarian): Noooo!***)

21. Guilty pleasure?

Justin Timberlake (***Note from Denise: You may have just lost some coolness points…***)

22. Favorite character?

Zapp Brannigan

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

As a guy, I’m not a big fan of kicks to the crotch, so I’ll let this slide.

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?

 Dwight Shrute.  He has a plan for everything.

25. Phobias?

People falling off of ledges.  I’m not afraid of heights, per se, but it makes me very nervous to watch someone standing precariously by a long drop.

26. How do feel about cheese? Be specific.

I feel like this awesome kid:

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

 Alas, I had to look this up, too.  I was a little too young to enjoy the antics of this alcoholic.

28. Foods you refuse to eat?

I’ll try anything once, and I can’t think of something I refuse to eat off the top of my head.  Wait, got it: head cheese. (***Note from Denise: You just made me throw up in my mouth.***)

29. Where do you stand on Justin Bieber?

Disregarding my previous answer: right on his crotch.  In the bad way. (***Note from Denise: I knew you’d come around to my way of thinking!***)


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

a toaster.

________________ 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.

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?

***The hilarious Wallace Matthews was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 3. You can find and follow him at @ESPNNYYankees .

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 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 @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 @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 and @BobKlap

Bob is a baseball columnist for The Bergen Record and

***The new mommy Erin Bried was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 14. You can find and follow her at @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 @slicksean

Sean is a Writer/journalist/media consultant. His Tweets are 20% each: current affairs/culture; writing/media; LGBT topics; food/food systems; personal.

***The darling Pete Caldera was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 16. You can find and follow him at: And and @pcaldera

Pete is the Bergen Record Yankees beat writer and an occasional band vocalist with the Stan Rubin Orchestra.

They are no longer choices for the remaining games in The Twizzy.



14 responses to “The Twizzy – Game 17”

  1. My guess is David Pomerico. I love being able to exercise my Kinsey Millhone gene and try some detection! Of course, I’m probably wrong…..


  2. Jerome Priesler, ok I totally thought it was a chick until his dude comment. Don’t tell him I thought he was a woman. 🙂


  3. Hi honey! Hmmm. There were a couple of good hints this week. Seems like a guy to me, goes by his initials and is a New Yorker. My best guess is Jerome Priesler. I hope you are doing well. Love you. xoxo


  4. Damn! Can’t remember if this is the same guess I made yesterday. If so, I’m 2 for 2 in the “wrong” department. Ken Davidoff


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