Author Revealed

About Cecilia Samartin

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 9/23

Q. Previous occupations

A. I currently work as a psychotherapist, but I was also a counselor at a locked psychiatric facility, a floater scrambler at a UCLA food facility (don't ask), a book store clerk at UCLA when I couldn't take floating and scrambling anymore, and a department store clerk.

Q. Favorite job

A. I still work as a psychotherapist, and I love it!

Q. High school and/or college

A. South Pasadena High School, and then UCLA where I received a degree in pscyhology and Santa Clara University where I received my masters in Counseling Psychology.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Gershwin, and my favorite singer is Ella Fitzgerald

Q. Favorite television show

A. American Idol - I'm an addict!

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Faith, family, work, and a commitment to laughter.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Dare to dream

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. The deep hearted sense that I'm living my life, and fulfilling my purpose.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Losing the people I love.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Actually, I'm exactly where I want to be right now, at home, sitting in favorite chair with my dog, Tobi, at my feet. I do love to travel, but I've become quite a home body too!

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Anne Frank. I read her diary when I was thirteen years old and this remains one of the most moving reading experiences of my life. Although I didn't realize it until years later, she is the one who first inspired me to write.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My father. He is the most noble man I have ever known.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "I've been thinking..." and "Has anyone seen my glasses?"

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I would love to be able to play classical guitar like Christopher Parkening.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. I'm still working on it.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm too critical with myself and others sometimes.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. When I'm not being too critical, I can see the best in others and sometimes in myself too.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I'm told that I have a warm and welcoming smile.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Jean Valjean, Les Miserables

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Gollum from Lord of the Rings because he blurs the line between victim and villan.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. When I'm on the phone and someone in the room starts talking to me at the same time...I find that very annoying!

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Taking long walks while listening to music on my ipod.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Concert Pianist or singer songwriter

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Integrity, kindness, courage

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Eggs, scrambled, fried or poached. I just love eggs!

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Summertime (Gershwin), Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeplin), The Impossible Dream (Man of La Mancha), Edelweiss (Sound of Music), Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters(Elton John), Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straights)