~ 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 32? 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 32 (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.
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 32
1. How hard was it to break into your line of work? Do you enjoy it?
I didn’t get serious about writing till I was in my thirties and had no knowledge of the business of publishing, but once I finished a novel, I had some immediate good luck. So the start wasn’t hard. The struggle since has been a bitch and a half. But I love it — love it — and will keep at it till I croak.
2. Have you any advice for people who would also like to do your line of work?
3. Are you known by any nicknames?
Not currently, but when I was married to my first husband people used to call me “Mrs. Fun.”
4. What song’s your tearjerker?
“Brothers in Arms” — Dire Straits.
5. Do you like capers?
Yes I do.
6. Any food you must have?
Lindt 85% dark chocolate.
I like cats but am allergic. I’m scared of dogs. Goldfish might be cool but, really, given my work schedule, they’re too demanding.
8. How do you feel about the word “carbuncle”?
You just triggered my gag reflex.
9. Favorite stroll?
Any hill in San Francisco. Sweat hard going up, gasp in awe at the top.
10. Most embarrassing memory?
You’ll have to read the memoir.
11. Biggest pet peeve?
Restaurants so loud you can’t have a decent conversation.
12. Who would you like to meet (in any time period)?
13. Who bugs the crap out of you?
14. Favorite book?
If I’m in love with what I’m currently reading, that becomes my favorite. Fickle? Yes.
15. Do songs by Nickelback make you want to stuff hot pokers in your ears?
16. Favorite movie?
Remains of the Day.
17. Is marmite the singular form of marmosets? More importantly, does marmite make you want to vomit?
I have no idea what’s in marmite (ground up mites from old pillows?), but I’m pretty sure I’d hate it.
18. Favorite quote?
“Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.”
19. Favorite swear word?
If you see Kay, tell her I want her.
20. How do you feel about capybaras?
A rat is a rat is a rat.
21. Guilty pleasure?
22. Favorite character?
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?
I don’t know who half these people are, so my ignorant ass goes with George Constanza.
I’m terrified of drowning.
26. How do feel about cheese? Be specific.
I love cheese, but can’t be specific. Once again I am too ignorant.
27. Which 1980’s comedy film is this from: “Where’s the rest of this moose?”
I have no idea.
28. Foods you refuse to eat?
Raw onions, organ meats.
29. Where do you stand on Justin Bieber?
I’ve never heard the kid sing, but his hair sure is purty.
Finish this quote from a 1980’s comedy: “Generally you don’t see that kind of behavior in _______________.”
I was too busy with babies to remember the 1980’s.
________________ 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.
Jerome is a New York Times bestselling novelist and regular contributor to YESNetwork.com.
Rich is the jingle singer for the Chris Moyles Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 1 in the United Kingdom.
Susan is a writer for The New Yorker, and several books – The Orchid Thief and her latest, Rin Tin Tin.
Jane is a novelist, screenwriter, blogger, author of Confessions of a She-Fan, a Yankees diehard, movies/books fan, and a pop culture maven.
~~~ They are no longer choices for the remaining games of The Twizzy ~~~