Author Revealed

About George M. Taber

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 5/25

Q. Previous occupations

A. From Waiter to Journalist

Q. Favorite job

A. Being a waiter in Germany

Q. High school and/or college

A. Loyola High School (Los Angeles), Georgetown University

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Bach

Q. Favorite movie

A. Hard Day's Night (saw it 12 times)

Q. Favorite television show

A. Professional Football

Revealing Questions

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

A. learn, work, travel, write-then do it again

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. The art of writing is in rewriting.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Happiness is knowing you've done your best--no more, no less.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Dying with a half-finished book.

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

A. In Nepal hiking to the base station at Mount Everest.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Jean Monnet. He is the father of the European Community, who made the historic breakthrough of bringing the French and Germans together after two world wars.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Bill Gates

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Never complain, never explain.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Never finished Proust.

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

A. Learn to play Bach on a harpsichord.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Interviewing the Beatles.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Impatience

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. St. Peter at the Pearly Gate

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I ask too many questions.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Don Quixote

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Dr. Strangelove

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. To meet God on the day after creation and ask her, "Why?"

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People who are not helpful, polite, or succinct.

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

A. Watching the ocean's waves roll in.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Sky diving

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

A. Being helpful, polite, and succinct

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

A. Pizza with pepperoni

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Hard Day's Night, Bach's Goldberg Variations (Glenn Gould), Hello Dolly (Louis Armstrong), Vivaldi's Spring, Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)

On Books and Writing

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Child's Christmas in Wales

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. I enjoy the way you tell a story.