Author Revealed

About Jennifer Echols

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 9/15

Q. Previous occupations

A. Newspaper writer and editor, college English teacher.

Q. Favorite job

A. Being a novelist is the best job in the world and I feel blessed.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City, AL; Auburn University in Auburn, AL

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Incubus!

Q. Favorite movie

A. Star Wars--the first movie. It is plotted perfectly.

Q. Favorite television show

A. The First 48

Revealing Questions

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

A. Wrote a lot and finally got published. Hooray!

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Write the book you want to read.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Lying on the beach reading a great book, or writing my own.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Medical procedures.

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

A. At the beach!

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Jane Austen.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Barack Obama.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Awesome. Ooooh! Ubiquitous.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not traveling more before I had a child.

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

A. I would love to be a better musician. I'm so interested in music but that doesn't mean I'm good at it.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Raising a happy child.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Stubbornness.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Sticktuitiveness. Wait--wasn't that my flaw?

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

A. It would be cool to be Barack Obama right now. If I couldn't be him, I would love to be a fly on the wall in the Oval Office.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I wish it were my blonde hair, but I'm pretty sure it's my weird nose.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Quentin Compson.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. The Reavers on the canceled TV show Firefly are the most terrifying invention ever. That was a great show and I'm so sad it's gone!

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

A. I would try to save the four girls killed in the Birmingham church bombing on September 15, 1963. I live in Birmingham and September 15 is my birthday, so they are never far from my mind.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Book banning.

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

A. I have a terrific job as a copyeditor.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. High school band director. This was my first career goal in college, but I am not a good teacher.

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

A. Honesty, open-mindednesss, and a good sense of humor.

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

A. Cadbury Creme Eggs.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "That's the Way of the World" by Earth Wind & Fire, "Dig" by Incubus, "Next Year" by the Foo Fighters, "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" by Chicago, "Grace Is Gone" by Dave Matthews

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Jane Austen, William Faulkner, Willa Cather, E. M. Forster, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ursula K. Le Guin, David Levithan, R. A. Nelson, Jennifer Crusie, Victoria Dahl

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

A. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner, A Passage to India by E. M. Forster, Tell Me Lies by Jennifer Crusie, Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl

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

A. Write the book you want to read.