~ 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 36? 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 36 (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.
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.
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 36
1. How hard was it to break into your line of work? Do you enjoy it?
I had a lot of lucky breaks early on, which helped immeasurably when landing my first “real” editorial job. I landed an internship at NIST’s e-book conference while in high school, which allowed me to meet-and-greet some giants in the field at a very young age. I ended up with two more internships immediately out of college, and one of them turned into my first full-time gig.
As for the second part of your question, a definite yes—I’m certainly not in it for the money!
2. Have you any advice for people who would also like to do your line of work?
Be enthusiastic. If you love what you do (or want to do) it shows, and will give you an edge over someone with the same amount of experience.
3. Are you known by any nicknames?
I have lots of nicknames as a result of my gaming name (which is still my Xbox ID).
4. What song’s your tearjerker?
An instrumental version of Greensleeves is sure to make me feel terribly mournful. It played in the background while I read a very sad part of a book as a child, and songs that are tied to a memory (especially one when I am reading) resonate very strongly with me.
In case anyone was wondering which book: it was Lloyd Alexander’s The High King, and the part in particular was when Fflewddur cast his harp into the fire.
5. Do you like capers?
Does anyone not? (***Note from Denise: One of the many reasons I adore you.***)
6. Any food you must have?
My morning coffee is terribly important during the work week.
Although I have no pets currently, in the past I’ve been the owner of several parrots and I intend to adopt another when the time is right.
8. How do you feel about the word “carbuncle”?
The word itself is awesome in the same way that melancholy, troglodyte, and sasquatch are. Carbuncles themselves are not as sexy.
9. Favorite stroll?
The path home is nice. I get into a rhythm walking in the city, and sometimes when I reach my destination I take loops around it by the block so I can finish my thoughts.
10. Most embarrassing memory?
I am prone to being injured at places where there should be no possibility of accidents. For example, I managed to fracture my ankle going into a Starbucks to get a coffee—the Friday before starting a new job. There’s no way you can’t NOT show up on your first day of work, so I arrived on crutches and slippers.
11. Biggest pet peeve?
12. Who would you like to meet (in any time period)?
This was a question I was asked during my college interview, and I wanted to meet Alexander the Great. I still do – I think he would just exude charisma. (***Note from Denise: Yes.***)
13. Who bugs the crap out of you?
Anyone who is oblivious to the amount of privilege they enjoy. (***Note from Denise: Great answer.***)
14. Favorite book?
Sunshine, by Robin McKinley.
15. Do songs by Nickelback make you want to stuff hot pokers in your ears?
I’m a bit musically-deaf, so no, not really. It sounds very much like everything else being played.
16. Favorite movie?
The Empire Strikes Back, closely followed by Stranger Than Fiction. (***Note from Denise: LOVE Empire. My favorite one.***)
17. Is marmite the singular form of marmosets? More importantly, does marmite make you want to vomit?
I enjoy marmite, but if it were made out of marmosets, I would like it far less.
18. Favorite quote?
“Tomorrow owes you the sum of your yesterdays. No more than that. And no less.” (Robin Hobb)
19. Favorite swear word?
While I’ve never used them myself (my accent is all wrong) the curses used in Firefly are all sorts of awesome.
(If you want to link, here: http://www.toplessrobot.com/2010/11/fireflys_15_best_uses_of_chinese_profanity.php )
20. How do you feel about capybaras?
I’ve lived with guinea pigs in the past, and capybaras are their larger, cuter cousins. Not nearly as adorable as mini-giraffes, though. (I am on the waiting list.) http://www.petitelapgiraffe.com/
21. Guilty pleasure?
Costuming at a convention. (Yes, I’m one of those people.)
22. Favorite character?
Javan Haldane. I love a tragic hero, and somehow when they are entirely unsuccessful
23. Do people who say “sammich” make you want to kick them in the crotch?
It depends. Are they saying it with a widdle accent? Then yes.
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?
Dwight Schrute would win, hands down. He’s half Renaissance man, half extreme survivalist, half crazy. (Math is not one of my skills.)
Driving. I dislike the experience of being in a car very much. I’m a tremendously nervous passenger at best.
26. How do feel about cheese? Be specific.
At about age 5, I hid a glass of milk in her room to find out if it would turn into the deliciousness that is cheese. Note: It didn’t, and in fact I had entirely forgotten about the experiment until my parents went hunting for the source of the smell.
I adore all kinds of cheese—from the super-fuzzy and green gorgonzola to the classic Jarlsberg. There’s nothing like a good stinky cheese. However cheese is one of those foods that make you wonder about the first guy who tried it.
27. Which 1980’s comedy film is this from: “Where’s the rest of this moose?”
Is it terrible that I have no idea?
28. Foods you refuse to eat?
Eggplant. I’ve tried it in many forms, but I just can’t stomach this vegetable. Its texture is just too much like cow’s tongue. And olives—though I use ample amounts of olive oil when I cook.
29. Where do you stand on Justin Bieber?
(Is the real question where do I stand on Justin Bieber’s FANS?)
I think the guy has a lot of growing up to do. I give him poor odds on making it into adulthood without a serious entitlement complex.
Finish this quote from a 1980’s comedy: “Generally you don’t see that kind of behavior in _______________.”
A major appliance. (I have this one! Also, you seem to have an obsession with 1980s comedies!) (***Note from Denise: Yes. I do. It’s because I’m OLD.***)
________________ 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.
Karen is a writer, editor, teacher.
Marc is the Yankees beat writer for The Star-Ledger and NJ.com
***The witty Glenn Giangrande was the Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 34. You can follow and find him at @glenngiangrande and http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=538658980&ref=profile
Glenn is a four-time Emmy recipient, YESNetwork.com personality, on-air talent.
Drew is a Database Developer, Blogger, BaseballDigest.com writer, Beagle lover, Husband
~~~ They are no longer choices for the remaining games of The Twizzy ~~~