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The Twizzy – Game 35

~ 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 35? 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!

~ Denise

The Twizzy Stars List for Game 35 (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.

http://versaillesandmore.com

Ann Leary @annleary: Author of OUTTAKES FROM A MARRIAGE and An INNOCENT, A BROAD

http://www.annleary.com/

Holly LeCraw @HollyLeCraw : Writer, reader, southerner far from home. My first novel, The Swimming Pool, is out in paperback from Doubleday this April.

http://hollylecraw.com/

Drew Sarver @mypinstripes : Database Developer, Blogger, BaseballDigest.com writer, Beagle lover, Husband

http://mypinstripes.blogspot.com

Jayne Sharp-Vitty @jaynesharp: Mummy, wife, voice over & telly gal x

http://andsowtobed.blogspot.com

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 35

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

Depends on which line of work. I have 2 different ones, one paid (schooling, interview process – more difficult)…the unpaid, that was easy. Everyone’s always happy not to pay you.

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

I’ll go with the unpaid one…practice practice practice..network…start early and get the write degree from school. Do some internships. If I had maybe I wouldn’t be unpaid.

3. Are you known by any nicknames?

I have one that rhymes with my name so that would be a dead giveaway. As a kid I was known as lightning because of my speed.

4. What song’s your tearjerker?

None…but I’m not a heartless bastard

5. Do you like capers?

Only on Chicken Piccata

6. Any food you must have?

Italian food of course!

7. Pet?

Dogs

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

Makes me think of Mad Magazine

9. Favorite stroll?

Outer Banks

10. Most embarrassing memory?

Passing out while giving a presentation.

11. Biggest pet peeve?

People obliviously texting and blocking my way in the store.

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

My paternal grandfather. Died years before I was born.

13. Who bugs the crap out of you?

Any reality tv “star”

14. Favorite book?

Don’t have one favorite..probably a Ken Follett or David Baldacci book though.

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

yes

16. Favorite movie?

At this moment, Gladiator

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

I don’t know what marmite is and refuse to look it up.

18. Favorite quote?

“Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you” – Satchel Paige

19. Favorite swear word?

Fuck..most versatile word on Earth.

20. How do you feel about capybaras?

Kind of weird looking

21. Guilty pleasure?

Watching What Not To Wear

22. Favorite character?

Leroy Jethro Gibbs

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

Nah, it’s not crotch worthy.

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?

Has to be Stay Puft..though I wouldn’t mind seeing Dwight Shrute knock the crap out of George Costanaza.

25. Phobias?

Heights

26. How do feel about cheese? Be specific.

MMM…cheese….love Brie and provolone.

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

I don’t recall without cheating.

28. Foods you refuse to eat?

Chick Peas

29. Where do you stand on Justin Bieber?

On a cement block crushing him.

*Bonus*

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

a general appliance. (***Note from Denise: Ohhh, so close!***)

________________ 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.

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

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  www.karenpalmer.com

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   www.nj.com  and http://carig.wordpress.com

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.

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

_______________________

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 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!

~ 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.

http://versaillesandmore.com

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.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=538658980&ref=profile

Ann Leary @annleary: Author of OUTTAKES FROM A MARRIAGE and An INNOCENT, A BROAD

http://www.annleary.com/

Holly LeCraw @HollyLeCraw : Writer, reader, southerner far from home. My first novel, The Swimming Pool, is out in paperback from Doubleday this April.

http://hollylecraw.com/

Drew Sarver @mypinstripes : Database Developer, Blogger, BaseballDigest.com writer, Beagle lover, Husband

http://mypinstripes.blogspot.com

Jayne Sharp-Vitty @jaynesharp: Mummy, wife, voice over & telly gal x

http://andsowtobed.blogspot.com

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?

Aliens.

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.

*Bonus*

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. 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.

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

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  www.karenpalmer.com

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   www.nj.com  and http://carig.wordpress.com

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

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

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The Twizzy – Game 33

~ 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 33? 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!

~ Denise

The Twizzy Stars List for Game 33 (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.

http://versaillesandmore.com

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.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=538658980&ref=profile

Ann Leary @annleary: Author of OUTTAKES FROM A MARRIAGE and An INNOCENT, A BROAD

http://www.annleary.com/

Holly LeCraw @HollyLeCraw : Writer, reader, southerner far from home. My first novel, The Swimming Pool, is out in paperback from Doubleday this April.

http://hollylecraw.com/

Drew Sarver @mypinstripes : Database Developer, Blogger, BaseballDigest.com writer, Beagle lover, Husband

http://mypinstripes.blogspot.com

Jayne Sharp-Vitty @jaynesharp: Mummy, wife, voice over & telly gal x

http://andsowtobed.blogspot.com

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 33

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

Like a lot of things, it took hard work and a ton of lucky breaks. No doubt, I enjoy it. I dig the chance to do something I love for a living.

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

Read great stuff then write great stuff. And get ready to work hard for every break.

3. Are you known by any nicknames?

Not anymore. Had a few in college. Those thankfully stayed there. So no, I am not known by any nicknames.

4. What song’s your tearjerker?

The Benny Hill Theme Song

5. Do you like capers?

Yes, though he’s much better as a coordinator than as a head coach.  

6. Any food you must have?

Anything out of my Mom’s kitchen, which is why I have forced her to teach me how to make some of our culture’s traditional dishes.

7. Pet?

None here. My family back home still has two dogs, Jack and Piper. I was visiting home recently and caught my mom having a deep conversation with them. She denies it though.

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

My doctor used that word with me once at an annual physical. I don’t remember what it means or all the details. But I do recall staring at the ceiling awkwardly, turning my head and coughing. We never spoke of it again.  (***Note from Denise: It is 1:12 a.m. and I just cackled.)

9. Favorite stroll?

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, at Sunset. With my love on my arm. (***Note from Denise: awww.)

10. Most embarrassing memory?

High school, 1995, when the crazy goth chick handcuffed me to a desk during Algebra class and forgot her key at home. School security had to bring out the hacksaw and I had to carry the desk into the hallway, just in time for passing period. (***Note from Denise: Omigod. This is the worst one ever. Well, maybe Colleen Lindsay with the skirt tucked into her pantyhose and walking the streets of Paris but this is right up there. Amirite?)

11. Biggest pet peeve?

Bunting early in games. 

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

My great grandfather, when he was young.

13. Who bugs the crap out of you?

Political pundits — of all leanings.

14. Favorite book?

OK. But first, you tell me which one is your favorite kid. See? Not a fair question, is it? (*** Note from Denise: NO. It’s not. Although I give you a point for knowing I have more than 1 child!)

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

No, just their ears.

16. Favorite movie?

Major League 3: Back to the Minors.

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

Only when they play songs by Nickelback.

18. Favorite quote?

“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” – Satchel Paige

19. Favorite swear word?

Starts with an F. Ends with an UCK.

20. How do you feel about capybaras?

Cool, as long they do it under their own roof.

21. Guilty pleasure?

The TV show Cheaters, which comes on only in the middle of the night. Oh, and intentionally giving vapid answers on self-quizzes.  (***Note from Denise: One of your cohorts answered something very similar at the start of The Twizzy…)

22. Favorite character?

Nick Pappagiorgio

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

No, it makes me want to steal their sammich.

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?

Maytag Repairman. I understand he’s well rested.

25. Phobias?

Electrical outlets, my laptop getting shattered by foul balls I don’t see coming. (***Note from Denise: Occupational hazard.)

26. How do feel about cheese? Be specific.

Just don’t cut it during or after romantic moments. You’ll never hear the end of it.

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

The Mike Mussina Story?

28. Foods you refuse to eat?

Bad Chinese food.

29. Where do you stand on Justin Bieber?

On his face, while wearing sharp baseball cleats.

*Bonus*

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

syphilitic elephants? (just taking a guess)


________________ 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.

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

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  www.karenpalmer.com

Karen is a writer, editor, teacher.

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

_______________________

The Twizzy – Game 32

~ 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!

~ Denise

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

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.

http://versaillesandmore.com

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.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=538658980&ref=profile

Ann Leary @annleary: Author of OUTTAKES FROM A MARRIAGE and An INNOCENT, A BROAD

http://www.annleary.com/

Holly LeCraw @HollyLeCraw : Writer, reader, southerner far from home. My first novel, The Swimming Pool, is out in paperback from Doubleday this April.

http://hollylecraw.com/

Karen Palmer @karen_palmer: Writer, editor, teacher. If I had to choose between reading and eating I’d be dead in a week.

www.karenpalmer.com

Drew Sarver @mypinstripes : Database Developer, Blogger, BaseballDigest.com writer, Beagle lover, Husband

http://mypinstripes.blogspot.com

Jayne Sharp-Vitty @jaynesharp: Mummy, wife, voice over & telly gal x

http://andsowtobed.blogspot.com

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?

Read!

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.

7. Pet?

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)?

Beethoven.

13. Who bugs the crap out of you?

Liz Cheney.

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?

Who’s Nickelback?

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?

Napping.

22. Favorite character?

Tom Ripley.

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

Naw.

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.

25. Phobias?

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.

*Bonus*

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 ____________________

***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.

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

 

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 ~~~

_______________________

The Twizzy – Game 31

~ 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!

~ Denise

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.

http://versaillesandmore.com

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.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=538658980&ref=profile

Jane Heller @janeheller1: Novelist, Screenwriter, Blogger, Author of Confessions of a She-Fan, Yankees diehard, movies/books fan, pop culture maven

http://www.janeheller.com

Ann Leary @annleary: Author of OUTTAKES FROM A MARRIAGE and An INNOCENT, A BROAD

http://www.annleary.com/

Holly LeCraw @HollyLeCraw : Writer, reader, southerner far from home. My first novel, The Swimming Pool, is out in paperback from Doubleday this April.

http://hollylecraw.com/

Karen Palmer @karen_palmer: Writer, editor, teacher. If I had to choose between reading and eating I’d be dead in a week.

www.karenpalmer.com

Drew Sarver @mypinstripes : Database Developer, Blogger, BaseballDigest.com writer, Beagle lover, Husband

http://mypinstripes.blogspot.com

Jayne Sharp-Vitty @jaynesharp: Mummy, wife, voice over & telly gal x

http://andsowtobed.blogspot.com

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?

No.

6. Any food you must have?

Chocolate. Almonds. Preferably together.

7. Pet?

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?

Yogi Berra

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?

Hyacinth Bucket

25. Phobias?

Flying. Vomiting.

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?”

No idea.

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.

*Bonus*

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 ~~~

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The Twizzy – Game 30

~ 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 30? 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 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!

~ Denise

The Twizzy Stars List for Game 30 (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.

http://versaillesandmore.com

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.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=538658980&ref=profile

Jane Heller @janeheller1: Novelist, Screenwriter, Blogger, Author of Confessions of a She-Fan, Yankees diehard, movies/books fan, pop culture maven

http://www.janeheller.com

Ann Leary @annleary: Author of OUTTAKES FROM A MARRIAGE and An INNOCENT, A BROAD

http://www.annleary.com/

Holly LeCraw @HollyLeCraw : Writer, reader, southerner far from home. My first novel, The Swimming Pool, is out in paperback from Doubleday this April.

http://hollylecraw.com/

Susan Orlean @susanorlean: Writer, writer, writer. Oh, I also write.

www.susanorlean.com

Karen Palmer @karen_palmer: Writer, editor, teacher. If I had to choose between reading and eating I’d be dead in a week.

www.karenpalmer.com

Drew Sarver @mypinstripes : Database Developer, Blogger, BaseballDigest.com writer, Beagle lover, Husband

http://mypinstripes.blogspot.com

Jayne Sharp-Vitty @jaynesharp: Mummy, wife, voice over & telly gal x

http://andsowtobed.blogspot.com

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 30

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

Ridiculous! Had to give a pound of flesh and most of the function of my right arm. And yes, I truly love it.

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

Get the knife ready to carve out the pound of flesh. I advise against a serrated blade, by the way.

3. Are you known by any nicknames?

Goddess of All the Known Universe, also Fatso.

4. What song’s your tearjerker?

That AT&T commercial where the couple has twins. Remember? 

5. Do you like capers?

Yes.

6. Any food you must have?

Gum.

7. Pet?

 No. If you mean “non-human home companions”, yes. 

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

I feel carbunckly. Is that a word?

9. Favorite stroll?

To the mailbox, if someone is sending me presents. 

10. Most embarrassing memory?

Why would I tell you that?

11. Biggest pet peeve?

Nazis.

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

Eve.

13. Who bugs the crap out of you?

You mean, besides Sarah Palin? 

14. Favorite book?

No fair!

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

Sorry — can’t hear you. Hot pokers in my ears.

16. Favorite movie?

No fair!

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

It looks so tasty but I fear it, so I have never had the pleasure. I assume it’s ground-up marmosets, right? That is kind of disgusting, actually.

18. Favorite quote?

“I love you more than all the love in the world, Mommy.” Corny but true. 

19. Favorite swear word?

Fuck, by far.

20. How do you feel about capybaras?

So cute!

21. Guilty pleasure?

Diner pie.

22. Favorite character?

Quentin Compson

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

Only if they follow it by saying they want to take my pitcher.

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?

Maytag, hands down.

25. Phobias?

Bats. For real.

26. How do feel about cheese? Be specific.

I agree with everything Wallace feels about cheese. “More cheese, Gromit!” 

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

I don’t know, but I would love to see it.

28. Foods you refuse to eat?

Brains. Guts. Feet.

29. Where do you stand on Justin Bieber?

Around his midsection.

*Bonus*

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

a live animal.

________________ 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.

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

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The Twizzy – Game 29 Results

Hello, readers. Thanks for playing along and having fun with The Twizzy. Here are the results for Game 29.

I had 9 correct answers again! The runners-up, in order: @yankeebeatcheck,  @izzell@dp57@cassie_jackson, @pcarlson001, @tonirankin, @busybrd, and my best friend Millicent. Great job, ladies. 

So who was the winner? It’s @JulieMangano and this is her first win! Congratulations, Julie. Please pick a prize from the list below and leave your choice in the comments section on this page.

Prizes 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.

So who was the Twizzy Star for Game 29?

You know him.

You love him.

If you listen to the Chris Moyles Show, you wake up to his jingle every morning — you and 11 million other listeners!

The Twizzy Star of the Week for Game 29 was none other than the awesome Rich Oliver

Great job, everyone. See you for Game 30. And remember, speed counts, follow the rules, and NO, YOU DON’T NEED TO KNOW THE STARS TO PLAY! Guess right away and every day. You might be the next winner.

The Twizzy – Game 29

~ 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 29? 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 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!

~ Denise

The Twizzy Stars List for Game 29 (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.

http://versaillesandmore.com

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.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=538658980&ref=profile

Jane Heller @janeheller1: Novelist, Screenwriter, Blogger, Author of Confessions of a She-Fan, Yankees diehard, movies/books fan, pop culture maven

http://www.janeheller.com

Ann Leary @annleary: Author of OUTTAKES FROM A MARRIAGE and An INNOCENT, A BROAD

http://www.annleary.com/

Holly LeCraw @HollyLeCraw : Writer, reader, southerner far from home. My first novel, The Swimming Pool, is out in paperback from Doubleday this April.

http://hollylecraw.com/

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!

http://www.richardoliver.biz

Susan Orlean @susanorlean: Writer, writer, writer. Oh, I also write.

www.susanorlean.com

Karen Palmer @karen_palmer: Writer, editor, teacher. If I had to choose between reading and eating I’d be dead in a week.

www.karenpalmer.com

Drew Sarver @mypinstripes : Database Developer, Blogger, BaseballDigest.com writer, Beagle lover, Husband

http://mypinstripes.blogspot.com

Jayne Sharp-Vitty @jaynesharp: Mummy, wife, voice over & telly gal x

http://andsowtobed.blogspot.com

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 29

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

I achieved sudden overnight success after dragging my ass around all the shit hole live venues/toilets of the UK & Europe for the best part of 15 years. I do enjoy it, we have a right laugh in the studio & on stage, but it’s mostly about this Mother fucker getting paid. !!!!!

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

Go to university, music college, learn how to do it properly. Don’t be a blagger like me. I got lucky!

3. Are you known by any nicknames?

Mostly the ‘C Bomb!’

4. What song’s your tearjerker?

‘When somebody loved Me’ from Toy Story 2. Can’t watch it, too upsetting.

5. Do you like capers?

Maldives, Memphis (Gracelands), San Francisco, New York, Paris, etc, etc, etc x

6. Any food you must have?

Traditional British Sunday roast with all the trimmings, Curry & Fish and Chips!!!

7. Pet?

NO PETS.

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

Sore and housebound!

9. Favorite stroll?

Comic capers yes, on a pizza NO!

10. Most embarrassing memory?

Agreed to do a big corporate show with a band for Lamborghini. Mega payer, but this band were semi pro; only part timers & quite appalling. I thought, nobody’s gonna be there with any actual knowledge of what a great band should sound like so I’ll just go on, do it, get paid, get GONE! Walked out on stage & sitting at the table about 2 ft in front of the stage was Jamiroquai!!! I will take that humiliation to my grave.

11. Biggest pet peeve?

Hate pettiness.

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

Elvis Presley to kneel at his feet & Adolph Hitler so I could tell him what a cunt he’s being!

13. Who bugs the crap out of you?

X Factor, BGT, any of that formatted, fake, mockery of my art. Ooh, I’m getting serious now!

14. Favorite book?

Andy McNab Bravo Two Zero.

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

He’s got a good voice that guy. I don’t know why they get so much stick. Maybe they’ve been rude to the wrong people? Or are shit & I’ve got bad taste 😉

16. Favorite movie?

‘Planet of the Apes’ the original with Charlton Heston.

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

Marmite & Vegemite tastes like the Devil’s cum. (***Note from Denise: Hilarious!***)

18. Favorite quote?

‘Chancellor Hitler has ensured me that he has no intention of attacking Poland.’ Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, just before Hitler invaded Poland.

19. Favorite swear word?

Cunt!

20. How do you feel about capybaras?

Don’t know what that is. ???

21. Guilty pleasure?

Redtube

22. Favorite character?

Indiana Jones

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

NO.

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?

Gloria from ‘Modern Family!’ Well, she could smack me down anytime she pleased 😉

25. Phobias?

Heights!!!

26. How do feel about cheese? Be specific.

The more bland & boring the better. I’m a Red Leicester man myself. 

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

National Lampoons Vacation? Big Foot & the Hendersons?

28. Foods you refuse to eat?

Sushi. Cook the dammed fish.

29. Where do you stand on Justin Bieber?

On his throat, but in a nice polite British way.

*Bonus*

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

Dolphins?  (***Note from Denise: You should get an extra point for correcting behavior to “behaviour” in your answer.***)


________________ 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.

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

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The Twizzy – Game 28

~ 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!

~ Denise

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

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.

http://versaillesandmore.com

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.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=538658980&ref=profile

Jane Heller @janeheller1: Novelist, Screenwriter, Blogger, Author of Confessions of a She-Fan, Yankees diehard, movies/books fan, pop culture maven

http://www.janeheller.com

Ann Leary @annleary: Author of OUTTAKES FROM A MARRIAGE and An INNOCENT, A BROAD

http://www.annleary.com/

Holly LeCraw @HollyLeCraw : Writer, reader, southerner far from home. My first novel, The Swimming Pool, is out in paperback from Doubleday this April.

http://hollylecraw.com/

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!

http://www.richardoliver.biz

Susan Orlean @susanorlean: Writer, writer, writer. Oh, I also write.

www.susanorlean.com

Karen Palmer @karen_palmer: Writer, editor, teacher. If I had to choose between reading and eating I’d be dead in a week.

www.karenpalmer.com

Jerome Priesler @YankeesInk: New York Times bestselling novelist and regular contributor to YESNetwork.com.

http://www.yankeesink.com

Drew Sarver @mypinstripes : Database Developer, Blogger, BaseballDigest.com writer, Beagle lover, Husband

http://mypinstripes.blogspot.com

Jayne Sharp-Vitty @jaynesharp: Mummy, wife, voice over & telly gal x

http://andsowtobed.blogspot.com

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?

Pizza.

7. Pet?

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?

Kneejerk judgementalism.

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.

25. Phobias?

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.

*Bonus*

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 ____________________

***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.

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

_______________________

The Twizzy – Game 27

~ 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 27? 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!

~ Denise

The Twizzy Stars List for Game 27 (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.

http://versaillesandmore.com

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.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=538658980&ref=profile

Jane Heller @janeheller1: Novelist, Screenwriter, Blogger, Author of Confessions of a She-Fan, Yankees diehard, movies/books fan, pop culture maven

http://www.janeheller.com

Ann Leary @annleary: Author of OUTTAKES FROM A MARRIAGE and An INNOCENT, A BROAD

http://www.annleary.com/

Holly LeCraw @HollyLeCraw : Writer, reader, southerner far from home. My first novel, The Swimming Pool, is out in paperback from Doubleday this April.

http://hollylecraw.com/

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!

http://www.richardoliver.biz

Susan Orlean @susanorlean: Writer, writer, writer. Oh, I also write.

www.susanorlean.com

Karen Palmer @karen_palmer: Writer, editor, teacher. If I had to choose between reading and eating I’d be dead in a week.

www.karenpalmer.com

Jerome Priesler @YankeesInk: New York Times bestselling novelist and regular contributor to YESNetwork.com.

http://www.yankeesink.com

Drew Sarver @mypinstripes : Database Developer, Blogger, BaseballDigest.com writer, Beagle lover, Husband

http://mypinstripes.blogspot.com

Jayne Sharp-Vitty @jaynesharp: Mummy, wife, voice over & telly gal x

http://andsowtobed.blogspot.com

Alyssa Smith @booksandcorsets: Editor, reviewer, convention organizer, avid costumer, and owner of several demanding parrots. Non-official feed. Tweets about her interests: cooking, sewing

Laura Zigman @laurazigman: Writer, branter, complainer, mom, recovering publicist.

http://laurazigman.wordpress.com/

The Twizzy – Game 27

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

 I spent 5 years writing my first novel, which was sort of hard. But way harder than that was having survived my life up until that point — childhood, teenage years, college, my twenties, my early thirties — feeling like a complete and utter loser and failure. By comparison, finishing a novel I doubted would ever see the light of day, was easy.

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

Yes. Stop thinking of the marketplace. And your platform. And your brand. Find a story you’re dying to tell and tell it. Really well.

3. Are you known by any nicknames?

Mom. (***Note from Denise: This answer was edited for being wayyyy too obvious***)

4. What song’s your tearjerker?

“I Hope You Dance.” I have no idea who even sings it. But I made a movie for my husband’s 40th birthday (seven years ago) and I used that as the music because it was full of clips of him dancing “ironically” — through supermarkets, in parking lots, alone, with our son, in public, in private. Even though the movie was really funny, it had that unintentional funereal feel to it.

5. Do you like capers?

Yes.

6. Any food you must have?

Coffee.

7. Pet?

Dog.

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

I’m not familiar with that word. Is it a real word? Or did you make it up? This is why I got such shitty scores on my SATs.

9. Favorite stroll?

Anywhere in Manhattan.

10. Most embarrassing memory?

(LIFTING GIANT ROLODEX OF EMBARRASSING MEMORIES ONTO BED DESK). There are so many but the most recent would have to be when, a few years ago, I was meeting a Hollywood person in NYC (Nia Vardalos, of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” — she was going to adapt my fourth novel and star in it — which never happened — but that’s another story) for the first time, for lunch. It was early June, and the night before I drove to the city I slathered myself in self-tanning lotion — arms, backs of hands, tops of feet (there’s nothing better than tan hands and feet). Only to wake up with orange arms, backs of hands, and tops of feet. It was hot and humid and instead of wearing weather-appropriate clothes (something black and sleeveless; a non-boot-like shoe), I ended up having to wear long sleeves and boot-like shoes. About twenty minutes into our lunch, sweating profusely and sitting on my hands, I finally thought, as I so often do, Fuck this shit, and I told her. We had a huge laugh and a great lunch. (***Note from Denise: Thank you for sharing! Love that!***)

11. Biggest pet peeve?

(LIFTING GIANT TORAH-LIKE SCROLL OUT OF MY HOME-ARK ONTO BED DESK)

Again, where to begin? “It’s all good” is probably at the top of my list of verbal pet peeves. “No worries” is a close second. Where did those phrases come from? They weren’t around when I was growing up and I don’t remember hearing them until about a year ago. One of my other pet peeves is when I let someone into traffic and they don’t wave to thank me. An old boyfriend used to chide me for expecting to be rewarded for doing something nice when the “reward” should just be the “satisfaction that comes from doing something nice.” But you know what I say to that: Fuck that shit. (***Note from Denise: YES!***)

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

The advice columnist, “Sugar” from The Rumpus. I have a few very important life-questions I need answers to.

13. Who bugs the crap out of you?

Massachusetts drivers (a.k.a. Massholes)    (***Note from Denise: This makes me howl with laughter.***)

14. Favorite book?

The Sound and the Fury (Faulkner)

Slouching Toward Bethlehem (Didion)

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

I have no idea who Nickelback is.

16. Favorite movie?

I’m one of those people who doesn’t have favorite movies, songs, or books (ok, well, I mentioned two favorite books up there). Too much pressure.

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

The mere idea of marmite makes me want to vomit. But to be frank, with me, it doesn’t take much.

18. Favorite quote?

 “Write like a motherfucker.” Sugar, The Rumpus

19. Favorite swear word?

motherfucker

20. How do you feel about capybaras?

Stupid, because I don’t know what that is.

21. Guilty pleasure?

Watching “Hoarding: Buried Alive.” And “Hoarders.” And “Animal Hoarders.” And “Heavy.”

22. Favorite character?

 Jerry from Tom & Jerry.

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

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?

 Jack. Donaghy. No. Question.

25. Phobias?

 Fear of eating orange vegetables (carrots, squash, yams, sweet potatoes, pumpkin).  (***Note from Denise: Do you have an all over fear of orange or just orange vegetables? Because autumn must be a real bitch if it’s the former rather than the latter!***)

26. How do feel about cheese? Be specific.

I like cheese. But I don’t understand America’s fascination with cheese and the “cheese on everything” philosophy.

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

No idea.

28. Foods you refuse to eat?

Op cit — orange vegetables. 

29. Where do you stand on Justin Bieber?

I don’t care.

*Bonus*

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

a major appliance.


________________ 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.

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

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