~ 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 25? 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 25 (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!)
Marc Carig @ledger_yankees: Real-time coverage of the New York Yankees by The Star-Ledger and NJ.com
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 25
1. How hard was it to break into your line of work?
Somewhat difficult. At least, that’s what I tell myself.
Do you enjoy it?
No question, as Joe Torre often says.
2. Have you any advice for people who would also like to do your line of work?
Just the basics: Work hard and introduce yourself to as many human beings as possible.
3. Are you known by any nicknames?
My college buddies called me (and still do, on occasion) “50 percent.” That pre-dated 50 Cent by a good 10 years.
4. What song’s your tearjerker?
The lullaby version of The Beatles’ “Blackbird.”
5. Do you like capers?
6. Any food you must have?
Nope. Used to have two cats, but they moved to the Midwest for the more laid-back lifestyle.
8. How do you feel about the word “carbuncle”?
It sounds cool. Is it an uncle made of sourdough?
9. Favorite stroll?
I don’t stroll. I’m always in a hurry.
10. Most embarrassing memory?
I can think of a couple, but I haven’t reached the point where I’m comfortable sharing them.
11. Biggest pet peeve?
People who talk out of their rear ends (not literally). (***Note from Denise: Now I’ve got that image in my head***)
12. Who would you like to meet (in any time period)?
13. Who bugs the crap out of you?
14. Favorite book?
I really don’t have one. My brain doesn’t work that way.
15. Do songs by Nickelback make you want to stuff hot pokers in your ears?
No. I have “Rock Star” on my iPod. (***Note from Denise: Oh, dear…***)
16. Favorite movie?
Like books, my brain doesn’t function like that.
17. Is marmite the singular form of marmosets?
More importantly, does marmite make you want to vomit?
Not in the least.
18. Favorite quote?
“Comedy is tragedy plus time.”
19. Favorite swear word?
Just like movies and books…I either like something or I don’t, but I generally don’t rank.
20. How do you feel about capybaras?
This is the first I’m hearing of them (it?).
21. Guilty pleasure?
Twitter. (***Note from Denise: So cute!***)
22. Favorite character?
George Costanza (my brain is inconsistent. Sorry).
23. Do people who say “sammich” make you want to kick them in the crotch?
Hey! I say “sammich” sometimes! (***Note from Denise: Oh my God! You don’t like capers! You have a Nickelback song on your iPod! What is going on?!***)
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. Resourceful, focused, determined.
26. How do feel about cheese? Be specific.
Hate goat, like the rest.
27. Which 1980’s comedy film is this from: “Where’s the rest of this moose?”
I’m ashamed that I don’t know. It’s not “Vacation,” is it? I remember Marty Moose. (***Note from Denise: We’re going to need to talk, I can tell…***)
28. Foods you refuse to eat?
Onions, pickles, olives, mustard, anything with curry. (***Note from Denise: WHAT?!***)
29. Where do you stand on Justin Bieber?
I tolerate him and even have been known to sing along with “Never Say Never.” (***Note from Denise: I. Am. Gobsmacked…***)
Finish this quote from a 1980’s comedy: “Generally you don’t see that kind of behavior in _______________.”
I’m again embarrassed. Is it from “Ghostbusters”? (***Note from Denise: You’ve just redeemed yourself!***)
________________ 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.
Nichole is a writer (Conde Nast Traveler) & mother of 5 trafficking in humor, Twizzlers, occasionally wisdom. Novel THE UNFINISHED WORK OF ELIZABETH D, Crown/RH 2012
They are no longer choices for the remaining games of The Twizzy.