~ 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 23? 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), macaroons or starry, starry nights from gesine.com, $15 Barnes & Noble gift cards (with 1 donated by the wonderful Kellyann Zuzulo), or a surprise FANTASTIC hardcover book from my grab bag of goodies from Alyssa Smith. 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 23 (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 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.
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.
Glenn Giangrande @glenngiangrande: Four-time Emmy recipient, YESNetwork.com personality, on-air talent. Views expressed here are my own & do not reflect the views of YES or YESNetwork.com.
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.
Richard Oliver @RichOliver: Session singer: Chris Moyles Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 1 is my favourite job. TV ads I adore as they pay loads & if you need a KICK ASS band, let me know!
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.
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
Laura Zigman @laurazigman: Writer, branter, complainer, mom, recovering publicist.
The Twizzy – Game 23
1. How hard was it to break into your line of work? Do you enjoy it?
I am the classic late bloomer. Publishing as a career didn’t even occur to me until I was in my mid-thirties, but when I landed in New York as a grad student I felt the siren call of publishing and never looked back. How hard was it? Well, I was an unpaid intern at 37, and an assistant-editor for a good few years after that. I charged my groceries on my credit card and took part-time work abridging manuscripts for audio recordings. It was hard in the way that all good things are hard. But boy, was it worth it. I love my work and consider it a privilege.
2. Have you any advice for people who would also like to do your line of work?
There are no short-cuts. No tricks. Get to know the industry and find a way in. Any way in. Then work as hard as you can. Do the tasks that nobody wants to do–and do them well. Believe me, you’ll get noticed. Have a great attitude and understand that nobody owes you anything. Hard work, a great attitude, and a little luck will get you far.
3. Are you known by any nicknames?
Now that’s getting personal.
4. What song’s your tearjerker?
5. Do you like capers?
Capers–as in leaping about in a sprightly manner? Love them! But capers–as in those salty little things that look like mouse turds? Not so much. (***Note from Denise: Mouse turds? 😦 ***)
6. Any food you must have?
Edna and Spanky, the wonder cats.
8. How do you feel about the word “carbuncle”?
I’m rather fond of “carbuncle.” It’s not as good as “trivet” or “hectic,” but it’s up there! (***Note from Denise: Yeahhhh! +2***)
9. Favorite stroll?
Central Park in the spring.
10. Most embarrassing memory?
It involves control top panty-hose and spanx. That’s all I’ll say. (***Note from Denise: I really want to know this now!***)
11. Biggest pet peeve?
Those people who block the subway steps while finishing their cell phone conversations. Those people who barge into the subway train while other people are trying to get off. Those people who think it’s okay to put their bags on the subway seat while people are standing. Those people who pretend not to see the pregnant woman or the old guy or the mother with a young baby who needs the seat more than they do. THOSE PEOPLE.
12. Who would you like to meet (in any time period)?
13. Who bugs the crap out of you?
14. Favorite book?
Hmmm… it’s a tie between ANYWHERE BUT HERE, REBECCA, or THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE.
15. Do songs by Nickelback make you want to stuff hot pokers in your ears?
Who’s Nickelback? (***Note from Denise: +1***)
16. Favorite movie?
THE TROUBLE WITH ANGELS for its scathingly brilliant ideas!
17. Is marmite the singular form of marmosets? More importantly, does marmite make you want to vomit?
I hate the word V __ __ __ __ __.
18. Favorite quote?
When is a door not a door? When it’s ajar. (Not a quote exactly, but it was my Dad’s favorite joke.)
19. Favorite swear word?
20. How do you feel about capybaras?
I guess something has to be the largest rodent in the world. (Thanks, wikipedia.)
21. Guilty pleasure?
All pleasures are guilty. That’s what makes them pleasurable.
22. Favorite character?
All of Alice Munro’s women.
23. Do people who say “sammich” make you want to kick them in the crotch?
Not at all. My best friend says “sammich” all the time and I love her.
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?
The Maytag Repairman, for sure. All those hours he didn’t spend repairing washing machines? He spent them at the gym.
No thank you.
26. How do feel about cheese? Be specific.
It is my reason for living.
27. Which 1980’s comedy film is this from: “Where’s the rest of this moose?”
I had to look it up so it doesn’t count.
28. Foods you refuse to eat?
Capers. (See number 5 above.)
29. Where do you stand on Justin Bieber?
As a Canadian I’m not allowed to comment on JB.
Finish this quote from a 1980’s comedy: “Generally you don’t see that kind of behavior in _______________.”
The Flat Iron Building
________________ 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
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.
Sean is a Writer/journalist/media consultant. His Tweets are 20% each: current affairs/culture; writing/media; LGBT topics; food/food systems; personal.
Pete is the Bergen Record Yankees beat writer and an occasional band vocalist with the Stan Rubin Orchestra.
David is an editor at Del Rey and Spectra, two of the biggest SF, fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance imprints in–and out of–the world.
Jennifer is the author of the new novel Something Red, and the NYTimes Notable novel, Golden Country.
Allison is a novelist, NY Times best seller (yeah, I had to get that in), celeb profiler, diaper changer, dog walker, ass-kicker, pop culture junkie, superwoman.
Kathleen is a bookish broad, PR superhero, mother of two, lover of sports, and wife of @Rockpappa.
Mark is the Yankees beat writer for the New York Daily News.
Georgia is a YA author of the PRAEFATIO series. She’s represented by Mark McVeigh of The McVeigh Agency. Founder of #YAlitchat. Mom to 2 humans + 3 Chihuahuas. Hopeless Romantic.
They are no longer choices for the remaining games of The Twizzy.