~ 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 31? Remember, you’re 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 two British celebrities.
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 31 (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
www.nj.com And http://carig.wordpress.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.
Karen Palmer @karen_palmer: Writer, editor, teacher. If I had to choose between reading and eating I’d be dead in a week.
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 31
1. How hard was it to break into your line of work? Do you enjoy it?
I was very lucky. I scored with my very first novel. I’d written 200 pages of it, got an agent, and sold it to a publisher as the first book in a three-book deal. I was stunned. I enjoy moments of it, but mostly it’s pure torture. Who wants to sit in front of a blank computer screen all day? The best part is typing “The End.”
2. Have you any advice for people who would also like to do your line of work?
Read a lot, especially in the genre or category in which you’re writing. And join a writer’s workshop so you can have your material critiqued by people who will tell you the truth.
3. Are you known by any nicknames?
Yes. my husband calls me a very unique term of endearment but if I tell you I’ll have to kill you.
4. What song’s your tearjerker?
I don’t cry at songs. I cry at movies.
5. Do you like capers?
6. Any food you must have?
Chocolate. Almonds. Preferably together.
Nope. I’m allergic to cats and my husband says having a dog is like having a baby and we’re too old for that. I’ve suggested a parakeet.
8. How do you feel about the word “carbuncle”?
It makes me laugh. I probably wouldn’t feel that way if I’d ever had one though.
9. Favorite stroll?
Road in Montecito. I try to walk there every afternoon. The beach is on one side and the mountains are on the other. Pure paradise.
10. Most embarrassing memory?
When I met President Clinton. I was invited to a small black tie dinner in his honor right in the middle of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. I was so flustered when it was my turn to shake hands with him that I said, “Hi, Mr. President. Good luck with that impeachment thing.” I’m turning bright red even as I type this.
11. Biggest pet peeve?
People who say they’ll call and don’t.
12. Who would you like to meet (in any time period)?
Clint Eastwood. I have so much respect for a guy with his longevity in the movie business.
13. Who bugs the crap out of you?
Alton Brown on the Food Network. Totally cringe-worthy.
14. Favorite book?
Susan Isaacs’ novel Shining Through.
15. Do songs by Nickelback make you want to stuff hot pokers in your ears?
I’m not familiar enough with Nickelback to care.
16. Favorite movie?
“All About Eve”
17. Is marmite the singular form of marmosets? More importantly, does marmite make you want to vomit?
I’ve never tasted it but I have a friend who thinks it’s the most delicious thing ever. (***Note from Denise: I don’t advise you try it. It is repulsive looking and tasting. It ruins everything it touches.***)
18. Favorite quote?
“Some people just aren’t worth the time, honey.” — My Mother (***Note from Denise: I feel quite strongly about this quote. Love.***)
19. Favorite swear word?
Any form of “fuck.” Noun. Verb. Doesn’t matter.
20. How do you feel about capybaras?
I have no idea what it is/they are.
21. Guilty pleasure?
Watching “Days of Our Lives” while I eat lunch.
22. Favorite character?
23. Do people who say “sammich” make you want to kick them in the crotch?
Yes, very much so.
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?
26. How do feel about cheese? Be specific.
I love cheese with a white hot passion. Not as much as I love chocolate and almonds but almost.
27. Which 1980’s comedy film is this from: “Where’s the rest of this moose?”
28. Foods you refuse to eat?
Peaches. Pears. Apricots. I’m not a fruit person.
29. Where do you stand on Justin Bieber?
I hope he doesn’t self-destruct. He seems like a nice kid.
Finish this quote from a 1980’s comedy: “Generally you don’t see that kind of behavior in _______________.”
Sorry. I must have missed the ‘80s entirely.
________________ 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. http://bookmavenmedia.com/
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. http://www.carolineleavitt.com/home.htm
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 . http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/yankees
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 . http://www.julieklam.com/
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 http://theswivet.com
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 http://www.brookssigler.com
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 http://brettlikesstuff.tumblr.com/
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 http://www.elanaroth.com
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 http://www.gesine.com
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 www.strachanlit.com
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 www.josephwallace.com @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 www.kfzuzulo.com @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 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
***The new mommy Erin Bried was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 14. You can find and follow her at http://erinbried.com/ @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 http://www.sean-kennedy.com/ @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: www.northjersey.com And http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/pinstripeposts 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 http://www.bantamspectra.net 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 http://jennifergilmore.net/ 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 www.allisonwinn.com 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 http://kathleenschmidt.tumblr.com @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 http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/yankees @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 www.georgiamcbride.com @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 http://www.nicholebernier.com @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 http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/ken-davidoff-s-baseball-insider-1.1278117 @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 http://www.jennygardiner.net/blog/
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.
***The hilarious Laura Zigman was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 27. You can follow and find her at @laurazigman http://laurazigman.wordpress.com/
Laura is a writer, branter, complainer, mom, recovering publicist.
***The talented Jerome Priesler was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 28. You can follow and find him at @YankeesInk http://www.yankeesink.com
Jerome is a New York Times bestselling novelist and regular contributor to YESNetwork.com.
***The ultra cool Rich Oliver was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 29. You can follow and find him at @RichOliver and http://www.richardoliver.biz
Rich is the jingle singer for the Chris Moyles Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 1 in the United Kingdom.
***The dynamic Susan Orlean was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 30.You can follow and find her at @susanorlean and www.susanorlean.com
Susan is a writer for The New Yorker, and several books – The Orchid Thief and her latest, Rin Tin Tin.
~~~ They are no longer choices for the remaining games of The Twizzy ~~~
10 responses to “The Twizzy – Game 31”
Okay, my mom is here, so I logged on LATE … my mom is here, thus nothing in your mailbox yet …
My guess after the first line is Jane Heller! Tada, hand it over, lady, other than if somebody else already guessed 😉
Hope all is well xoxoxo
I’m late even after signing up for e-mail alerts! Is there no hope for me? I’m voting for Jane Heller this week. x