Author Revealed

About Robert Levy

Q. Previous occupations

A. Messenger, intern, ESL instructor, retail whore, psych study administrator, clerical assistant, personal assistant, literary agency assistant... I've done a lot of assisting.

Q. Favorite job

A. Writing, and being a dad.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn for high school, Oberlin and Harvard for college, John Jay College of Criminal Justice for grad school.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Tori Amos and Damon Albarn.

Q. Favorite movie

A. Psycho.

Q. Favorite television show

A. Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Revealing Questions

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People who improperly use the "Reply All" function whilst emailing.

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

A. Reading.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Rock star, of course.

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

A. Intelligence, loyalty, and an unwavering ability to laugh even under the most dire of circumstances.

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

A. Tuna from the can-- none of that fancy stuff.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. The Time of the Season (The Zombies), Got to Be Real (Cheryl Lynn), Controversy (Prince), Swim (Madonna), and New Slang (The Shins). That's one per decade, anyway!

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. William Shakespeare, Elizabeth Hand, Truman Capote, Laird Barron, Shirley Jackson, Toni Morrison, Dan Chaon, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Jennifer Egan, James Baldwin, Patricia Highsmith, Alistair MacLeod, Stephen King, Lanford Wilson, Kristin McCloy, Sharon Olds, Oscar Wilde, David Mitchell, Peter Straub, Megan Abbott, Junot Diaz, Dorothy Parker, Alice Hoffman, Lucius Shepard, Kelly Link, Neil Gaiman, Zadie Smith, AS Byatt... I really need to stop now.

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

A. 1) Beloved, Toni Morrison2) Generation Loss, Elizabeth Hand3) Giovanni's Room, James Baldwin4) The Sandman series, Neil Gaiman5) We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson (tie)Honorable Mention: The Secret History, Donna Tartt

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. I very rarely reread-- the books listed as my favorite are the ones I have. Of all, it's the newest of them, Generation Loss, which I've now read four times.

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

A. It's shopworn advice, but it's true: write what you want to read but doesn't yet exist!