Author Revealed

About Gwyn Cready

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 1/17

Q. Previous occupations

A. Waitress, fundraiser, brand manager, university marketer, PR consultant, writer

Q. Favorite job

A. Loved 'em all except one, which I promptly quit. Life's too short to do what you don't like.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Mt. Lebanon High School, University of Chicago

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Bruce Springsteen (Duh.)

Q. Favorite movie

A. To Catch a Thief

Q. Favorite television show

A. Arrested Development

Revealing Questions

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

A. Hurry! There's so much I need to do!

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Chase joy.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Being three manuscripts ahead.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Sleeping through a deadline.

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

A. Sitting in the sun on the deck of an Easter Island cafe, laughing with my family, gazing at the ocean, eating ceviche and drinking a cold beer.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Viola De Lesseps. Oh, wait, you mean a real person, don't you?

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Anyone who faces loss with grace.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Perhaps" and "er." What can I say? You need the rhythm to make it funny.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Times when I've hurt friends.

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

A. I miss I could play the piano. Just Happy Birthday, For He's a Jolly Good Fellow and one Christmas Carol. At forty, I took lessons for two years. No luck. Even the second-graders blew me away at the recital.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Either raising my kids or learning to drive a stick shift. It's a toss up.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Is that third day of shortcutting it with a curling iron and hairspray really fooling anybody?

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I'm a kind and faithful friend.

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

A. A hawk. No question.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Green eyes and a mouth shaped like Pat Benatar's.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. C'mon, people. Jamie Fraser. Next question.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Hans Gruber. Love that voice.

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

A. Captain Jack Aubrey, and "I may or may not have the French naval code book hidden in my gown."

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Writers who abandon their duty (David Chase, writer of The Sopranos last episode, I'm talking to you) or, worse, writers who shoot to fame via a particular series then hit the big time and don't want to accomodate the fans anymore. Annie Wilkes, I think you may have been on to something.

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

A. There's an occupation beyond writing?

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Remember the rich, famous romance novelist in the movie, American Dreamer, who spent all her time doing interviews and eating bon bons because her son was really doing all her writing for her? That's the one.

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

A. Intelligence, sense of humor and kindness. And if you're a man, there's no faster way to my heart than teasing me.

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

A. Spicy chicken sambussas at Abay Ethiopian restaurant in Pittsburgh.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. For dancing: Walking on Sunshine, I Want You Back, Flashdance (What a Feeling), Train in Vain. For transcending all of life: Thunder Road.

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Once I fall in love with characters, I want to keep reading and reading, which is why I a lot of the authors I like are the ones who are not only gracious enough to write memorable characters, but to keep those characters coming. I have been given countless hours of pleasure by Jane Austen, Michael Connelly, Tom Stoppard, Dorothy L. Sayers, Diana Gabaldon, Thomas Hardy, Elizabeth Peters, Patrick O'Brian, Michael Dobbs, Janet Evanovich, J. K. Rowling, John Le Carre, Connie Willis, Harlan Coben, Colin Dexter and George Eliot.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. The Time Traveler's Wife, Pride and Prejudice, Outlander, Possession and the entire Patrick O'Brian oeuvre.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. I've read and/or listened to Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels--all twenty of them--at least three times each. Same with the Jane Austen catalog.

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

A. Write, read every book like it's teaching you a lesson and don't let the bastards get you down.

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

A. Write faster.