The Twizzy – Game 34

~ 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 34? 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, $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 34 (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!)

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

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.

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

The Twizzy – Game 34

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

I caught a break in college when a friend of mine internet with my company. He helped me and a couple of friends get in the door, and I stayed!  I do enjoy my work, but I think I’m ready to move on, and the lifestyle isn’t always the easiest to live.

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

Prepare for crazy hours!

3. Are you known by any nicknames?

(***Note from Denise: This has been removed because it was a dead giveaway. Tough it out on your own, people. ***)

4. What song’s your tearjerker?

Well, songs on the radio probably wouldn’t do it, and it depends on my mood. However, I probably wouldn’t go putting the theme from the Deer Hunter on my music players if I was feeling blue. 

5. Do you like capers?

Dom Capers, the former Panthers head coach? Sure – he’s done a great job with the Packers defense : )

6. Any food you must have?

Subs from the White House in Atlantic City. The best ever. I also miss the half smokes from Ben’s Chili Bowl deeply.

7. Pet?

No ownership here. I tend to prefer cats to dogs, but I can put up with the right pooch for sure.

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

…I cannot comment on that because I do not know what it means (I could go look it up, obviously, but I’m playing by the rules. (***Note from Denise: +1 ***)

9. Favorite stroll?

Does a bachelor party count? If so, Vegas in Feb ’09 for one of those. Non-bachelor party would be a trip to Chicago later in ’09 to see games at Wrigley Field and The Cell.

10. Most embarrassing memory?

Whatever it is…it probably involved doing something in public amidst co-workers that I probably should have held back on. And I’ve got a few options, believe me.

11. Biggest pet peeve?

Repetition. Hearing the same thing or being asked to do the same thing OVER and OVER and OVER and OVER…

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

Mark Cuban. And I’d ask him about his time on Shark Tank. 

13. Who bugs the crap out of you?

Shia Labouf. Sean Avery. Insert ‘Real Housewife’ here.

14. Favorite book?

I read alot of non-fiction sports, so I will go with ‘Fish Sticks: The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders,’ which chronicled their resurgance in 2001-02…which was not sustained, unfortunately.

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

Confession – no. I actually like some of their hits. I enjoy driving to ‘If Everyone Cared,’ ‘Into The Night,’ and the one asking ‘if today was your last day.’ I don’t need ‘How You Remind Me’ or the photograph one.

16. Favorite movie?


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

…this question might be slightly over my head.

18. Favorite quote?

There are too many to commit to long term, but at the moment I will go with: “Fantasy is the new reality.”

19. Favorite swear word?

Fuckstick… can I count that as one even though I added the stick part? I do try to keep it clean though!

20. How do you feel about capybaras?

…what are they? 

21. Guilty pleasure?

I watch some odd reality television shows in addition to my normal slate of programming – I’ll go with what I’m watching right now, Tabatha’s Salon Takeover on Bravo. 

22. Favorite character?

The late Sgt. James Doakes from ‘Dexter’ on Showtime

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

Not at all. I’m guilty of it too, especially when I’m tired and slurring speech.

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?

Stay Puft. The Ghostbusters as a crew could barely handle him, and I only see one in the mix there. Though I confess I don’t know everyone you laid out. (***Note from Denise: +1 ***)

25. Phobias?

Dying. If I knew what was going to happen to me (us) next, I’d be fine with it. But I am not a fan of uncertainty. Running out of money is a close second.

26. How do feel about cheese? Be specific.

I love cheese. I probably have American the least though – I always go with swiss on my burgers, and I could swim in bleu cheese dressing. I dunk wings, pizza in it…I’m a fan. 

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

I don’t know : (

28. Foods you refuse to eat?

None. I am very open minded. But it took me awhile to try ox tails, which are terrific by the way.

29. Where do you stand on Justin Bieber?

The young man is clearly talented. And a cash cow.


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

 I don’t know the quote. Hit me with something from A Clockwork Orange, Wedding Crashers, Finding Nemo, Swingers, Oceans 11, etc… and we’re in business : )

________________ 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.

***The hilarious Laura Zigman was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 27. You can follow and find her at @laurazigman

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

Jerome is a New York Times bestselling novelist and regular contributor to

***The ultra cool Rich Oliver was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 29. You can follow and find him at @RichOliver  and

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

Susan is a writer for The New Yorker, and several books – The Orchid Thief and her latest, Rin Tin Tin.

***The hilarious and talented Jane Heller was The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 31.  You can follow and find her at @janeheller1

Jane is a novelist, screenwriter, blogger, author of Confessions of a She-Fan, a Yankees diehard, movies/books fan, and a pop culture maven.

***The charming Karen Palmer was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 32. You can follow and find her at @karen_palmer

Karen is a writer, editor, teacher.

***The incredible Marc Carig was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 33. You can follow and find him at @ledger_yankees  and

Marc is the Yankees beat writer for The Star-Ledger and

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



7 responses to “The Twizzy – Game 34”

  1. You know, I have no clue. But… this popped up and I thought I had a chance at being first!
    Is it Drew Sarver?


  2. Drew Sarver, if this was a chick trying to throw me off course it has worked
    because this will be my only answer.


  3. its Glenn Gianngrande. I’m probably late, but I should get bonus time allottment b/c I was loading the car with coats to deliver to the needy from the coat drive I am running.


  4. OMG, someone who loves oxtails … my favorite soup EVER – oxtail soup!!! I’m just afraid to make it with all the good stuff inside. I’m afraid of going mad 😉
    But to pick a person with terrific taste, I’ll go with Glenn Giangrande 🙂


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