Author Revealed

About Nicolle Wallace

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 2/4

Q. Previous occupations

A. White House Communications Director for George W. Bush, Press Secretary for Governor Jeb Bush, advisor to John McCain and Sarah Palin

Q. Favorite job

A. This one!

Q. High school and/or college

A. Miramonte High School, UC Berkeley, Northwestern University

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. U2

Q. Favorite movie

A. Rain Man

Q. Favorite television show

A. Entourage

Revealing Questions

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

A. A work in progress. Is that eight?

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. We plan, god laughs.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Tucked under a blanket on the couch watching a movie with my husband on one side and the dog on the other.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Deer ticks carrying Lyme disease

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

A. At our country house.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Bono

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. “It is what it is.” and “What are you going to do?”

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Any and all time spent in a self-absorbed state

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

A. Being able to sing and dance

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Figuring out what that word really means

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Easily distracted

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I’m pretty calm in a crisis.

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

A. My dog

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I smile too much.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. The Giving Tree and Atticus Finch

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. I hate all the villains.

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

A. Abigail Adams. I’d ask her where all that strength came from.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People who yell at me and my dog in central park

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

A. Dog Whisperer

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. This is it — writing novels.

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

A. Self deprecating humor, humility, strength

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

A. Hot fudge sundaes made with moose tracks ice cream and covered with chocolate sprinkles

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd), Glitter in the Air (Pink), One (U2), This Must Be the Place (Talking Heads), Sweet Jane (Cowboy Junkies)

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Anne Patchett, Jane Austen, Jennifer Weiner

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

A. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald), Run (Anne Patchet), The Devil Wears Prada (Lauren Weisberger), Prep (Curtis Sittenfeld), To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. I used to read Catcher in the Rye every year.

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

A. Email yourself little pieces of the story that come to you while you're out to dinner or on a walk or grocery shopping or at the gym.

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

A. People want to know what was in Roger's letter.