The Twizzy – Game 27

~ 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 27? 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, $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 and please use “#TheTwizzy” in your question.

Have fun and good luck!

~ Denise

The Twizzy Stars List for Game 27 (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 And

Catherine Delors @CatherineDelors: Writer, historical fiction (For the King, Mistress of the Revolution.) Loves Paris, history and the 18th century.

Glenn Giangrande @glenngiangrande: Four-time Emmy recipient, personality, on-air talent. Views expressed here are my own & do not reflect the views of YES or

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

Drew Sarver @mypinstripes : Database Developer, Blogger, 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 27

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

 I spent 5 years writing my first novel, which was sort of hard. But way harder than that was having survived my life up until that point — childhood, teenage years, college, my twenties, my early thirties — feeling like a complete and utter loser and failure. By comparison, finishing a novel I doubted would ever see the light of day, was easy.

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

Yes. Stop thinking of the marketplace. And your platform. And your brand. Find a story you’re dying to tell and tell it. Really well.

3. Are you known by any nicknames?

Mom. (***Note from Denise: This answer was edited for being wayyyy too obvious***)

4. What song’s your tearjerker?

“I Hope You Dance.” I have no idea who even sings it. But I made a movie for my husband’s 40th birthday (seven years ago) and I used that as the music because it was full of clips of him dancing “ironically” — through supermarkets, in parking lots, alone, with our son, in public, in private. Even though the movie was really funny, it had that unintentional funereal feel to it.

5. Do you like capers?


6. Any food you must have?


7. Pet?


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

I’m not familiar with that word. Is it a real word? Or did you make it up? This is why I got such shitty scores on my SATs.

9. Favorite stroll?

Anywhere in Manhattan.

10. Most embarrassing memory?

(LIFTING GIANT ROLODEX OF EMBARRASSING MEMORIES ONTO BED DESK). There are so many but the most recent would have to be when, a few years ago, I was meeting a Hollywood person in NYC (Nia Vardalos, of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” — she was going to adapt my fourth novel and star in it — which never happened — but that’s another story) for the first time, for lunch. It was early June, and the night before I drove to the city I slathered myself in self-tanning lotion — arms, backs of hands, tops of feet (there’s nothing better than tan hands and feet). Only to wake up with orange arms, backs of hands, and tops of feet. It was hot and humid and instead of wearing weather-appropriate clothes (something black and sleeveless; a non-boot-like shoe), I ended up having to wear long sleeves and boot-like shoes. About twenty minutes into our lunch, sweating profusely and sitting on my hands, I finally thought, as I so often do, Fuck this shit, and I told her. We had a huge laugh and a great lunch. (***Note from Denise: Thank you for sharing! Love that!***)

11. Biggest pet peeve?


Again, where to begin? “It’s all good” is probably at the top of my list of verbal pet peeves. “No worries” is a close second. Where did those phrases come from? They weren’t around when I was growing up and I don’t remember hearing them until about a year ago. One of my other pet peeves is when I let someone into traffic and they don’t wave to thank me. An old boyfriend used to chide me for expecting to be rewarded for doing something nice when the “reward” should just be the “satisfaction that comes from doing something nice.” But you know what I say to that: Fuck that shit. (***Note from Denise: YES!***)

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

The advice columnist, “Sugar” from The Rumpus. I have a few very important life-questions I need answers to.

13. Who bugs the crap out of you?

Massachusetts drivers (a.k.a. Massholes)    (***Note from Denise: This makes me howl with laughter.***)

14. Favorite book?

The Sound and the Fury (Faulkner)

Slouching Toward Bethlehem (Didion)

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

I have no idea who Nickelback is.

16. Favorite movie?

I’m one of those people who doesn’t have favorite movies, songs, or books (ok, well, I mentioned two favorite books up there). Too much pressure.

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

The mere idea of marmite makes me want to vomit. But to be frank, with me, it doesn’t take much.

18. Favorite quote?

 “Write like a motherfucker.” Sugar, The Rumpus

19. Favorite swear word?


20. How do you feel about capybaras?

Stupid, because I don’t know what that is.

21. Guilty pleasure?

Watching “Hoarding: Buried Alive.” And “Hoarders.” And “Animal Hoarders.” And “Heavy.”

22. Favorite character?

 Jerry from Tom & Jerry.

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


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?

 Jack. Donaghy. No. Question.

25. Phobias?

 Fear of eating orange vegetables (carrots, squash, yams, sweet potatoes, pumpkin).  (***Note from Denise: Do you have an all over fear of orange or just orange vegetables? Because autumn must be a real bitch if it’s the former rather than the latter!***)

26. How do feel about cheese? Be specific.

I like cheese. But I don’t understand America’s fascination with cheese and the “cheese on everything” philosophy.

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

No idea.

28. Foods you refuse to eat?

Op cit — orange vegetables. 

29. Where do you stand on Justin Bieber?

I don’t care.


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

a major appliance.

________________ 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.

***The fantastic David Pomerico was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 17. You can find and follow him at   and @DelReySpectra

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.

***The sweet Jennifer Gilmore was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 18. You can find and follow her at   and  @jenwgilmore

Jennifer is the author of the new novel Something Red, and the NYTimes Notable novel, Golden Country.

***The talented Allison Winn-Scotch was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Week 19. You can find and follow her at  and @aswinn

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.

***The clever Kathleen Schmidt was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 20. You can find and follow her at  @bookgirl96

Kathleen is a bookish broad, PR superhero, mother of two, lover of sports, and wife of @Rockpappa.

***The marvelous Mark Feinsand was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 21. You can find and follow him at  @BloggingBombers

Mark is the Yankees beat writer for the New York Daily News.

***The fantastic Georgia McBride was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 22. You can find and follow her at   @Georgia_McBride

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.

***The brilliant Brenda Copeland was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 23.

***The adorable Nichole Bernier was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 24. You can find and follow her at   @NicholeBernier

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

***The fabulous Ken Davidoff was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 25. You can find and follow him at    @kendavidoff               

Ken is the National baseball writer for Newsday.

***The funny Jenny Gardiner was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 26. You can follow and find her at  @jennygardiner

Jenny is the 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.

~~~~~ They are no longer choices for the remaining games of The Twizzy ~~~~~



15 responses to “The Twizzy – Game 27”

  1. It’s Zigman!!!! It’s Zigman!!! It’s Zigman!!!!
    I’m winning this one — it’s Laura!!!!!!!!!!
    The reason I started writing my blog — LAURA!!!!!!!!


  2. Alright, I goofed, must have left my brain in the box oven at the fire pit last week, or smothered in figs, hm, drunken figs 🙂 This weeks Twizzy is no other than the sincere, hilarious, fantastic Laura Zigman 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: