~ 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 28? 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 28 (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
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, 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
The Twizzy – Game 28
1. How hard was it to break into your line of work? Do you enjoy it?
Brutally hard. I feel that I’m still breaking in after 25 years . . . and the longer I’m at it, the bigger the sledgehammer I need to crash through monster walls. I can’t say I enjoy it. It’s more that I have no choice.
2. Have you any advice for people who would also like to do your line of work?
Most people shouldn’t try it. You have to be honest enough with yourself to recognize whether you really have the talent. If it’s there you probably still shouldn’t try it . But it might help to go to a very, very prestigious university and take phone numbers. Neither of which I did.
3. Are you known by any nicknames?
A bunch. I just got a new one this year and it seems to have caught on.
4. What song’s your tearjerker?
Pissing in a River by Patti Smith. Thunder Road by Springsteen. Girl From the North Country by Bob Dylan. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjKMss2xuhY&feature=related
5. Do you like capers?
My dream is to be involved in a seriocomic caper with an eccentric bunch of pals. Preferably a caper that involves art theft. But it’s important that we get away with it. Oh, you did mean that kind of caper, right?
6. Any food you must have?
Call me Mr. Zookeeper. It could be another new nickname, in fact.
8. How do you feel about the word “carbuncle”?
I prefer it to my Uncle Milo.
9. Favorite stroll?
Around New York City’s Chinatown with my wife.
10. Most embarrassing memory?
I can’t say. Or rather I won’t–I lived through the 70’s and early 80’s. But it involved partially regaining my senses in Coney Island and asking a hooker if I could borrow my cab fare home.
11. Biggest pet peeve?
12. Who would you like to meet (in any time period)?
Shakespeare. Or maybe Genghis Khan. Though I’d rather have a sword than a pen in my hand if it’s the latter.
13. Who bugs the crap out of you?
Most sports writers. (***Note from Denise: I hope none of them are my friends.***)
14. Favorite book?
Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Red Dragon, by Thomas Harris. It, by Stephen King.
15. Do songs by Nickelback make you want to stuff hot pokers in your ears?
When I hear one and know it’s by Nickelback I’ll be able to answer.
16. Favorite movie?
The Pope of Greenwich Village. King of Comedy. Spartacus. Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
17. Is marmite the singular form of marmosets? More importantly, does marmite make you want to vomit?
I think it’s something I recently cleaned out of my cat’s ear. And it was pretty disgusting.
18. Favorite quote?
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”–John Lennon
19. Favorite swear word?
It has to be “motherfucker” if we’re going by frequency of usage and pure malicious gusto.
20. How do you feel about capybaras?
I want to kiss one on its nose.
21. Guilty pleasure?
Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab. But it gets boring when the celebrities move on to the halfway house. I want them to stay in the rehab center and get on each other’s nerves forever and ever.
22. Favorite character?
Keith Richards. Oh? Fictional character? Frodo Baggins.
23. Do people who say “sammich” make you want to kick them in the crotch?
Now there’s something vomitous, never mind marmite.
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, no contest. He’s what you call a man’s, uh, repairman.
Big cockroach-like bugs that can stand upside down on the bathroom door and crane their heads to stare at me with their beady eyes.
26. How do feel about cheese? Be specific.
If it wouldn’t make me fat and give me a heart attack I’d eat cheese every day of my life, even without the pizza crust and sauce. Sharp cheddar is my true love. Fresh mozzarella, my mistress. Pepper jack, my spicy occasional fling. Muenster . . . eh. Okay melted on top of burgers.
27. Which 1980’s comedy film is this from: “Where’s the rest of this moose?”
Raising Minnesota? They eat moose meat regularly in Minnie, right? But is that even a 1980’s film? I know it isn’t Raging Bull or The Deer Hunter.
28. Foods you refuse to eat?
Pickled pigs’s feet. Fried Oreos. Fried mac n’ cheese. Anything’s brain or ass.
29. Where do you stand on Justin Bieber?
I have nothing against the creepy little motherfucker.
Finish this quote from a 1980’s comedy: “Generally you don’t see that kind of behavior in _______________.”
” . . . a cute baby mouse.”
________________ 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
***The fabulous Ken Davidoff was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 25. You can find and follow him at http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/ken-davidoff-s-baseball-insider-1.1278117 @kendavidoff
Ken is the National baseball writer for Newsday.
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.
Laura is a writer, branter, complainer, mom, recovering publicist.
~~~ They are no longer choices for the remaining games of The Twizzy ~~~