Author Revealed

About Michael Gross

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 7/16

Q. Previous occupations

A. Movie theater usher, file clerk, bar waiter, bartender, advertising copywriter, editor, journalist

Q. Favorite job

A. writing books

Q. High school and/or college

A. South Side High School in Rockville Centre, NY, and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Bob Dylan

Q. Favorite movie

A. Blade Runner

Q. Favorite television show

A. Currently: Boardwalk Empire

Revealing Questions

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

A. "What does not kill me makes me stronger." --Nietzsche

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Sacred cows make the tastiest hamburger." --Abbie Hoffman

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. You, reading one of my books.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Being unread.

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

A. Right here, right now.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. A nameless immigrant approaching the Statue of Liberty, thinking, Wow.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Bob Dylan, for never stopping.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Umm...uhhh....

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not taking Art 101 in college.

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

A. Singing on key

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Hasn't happened yet, I hope.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Indolence

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Endless curiosity

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

A. Me

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I am no shrinking violet.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Jean Des Esseintes

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Kasper Gutman

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

A. I'd ask Thomas Jefferson if he needed an assistant.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Entertainment Industry PR people

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

A. swimming

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Spy

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

A. Humor, grace, and intellect.

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

A. Salade Lyonnaise

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Desolation Row, Jumping Jack Flash, Things Have Changed, Empire State of Mind, My Funny Valentine

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese, Joan Didion, Truman Capote, Dominick Dunne, John Gregory Dunne, Gore Vidal, Hunter S. Thompson, Philip Dick, Ian Fleming, Cleveland Amory, Thomas Pynchon, Julian Fellowes, Mark Helprin, Stephen Birmingham, Simon Winchester, Taki, Charlotte Curtis, Mark Kurlansky

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

A. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Rich and Other Atrocities, The Executioner's Song, Been Down So Long it Looks Like Up to Me, The White Album

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. The Great Gatsby

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

A. "The awful feelings writers bring to the [keyboard] simply mean they're not ready to write." --Joyce Carol Oates

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

A. Keep it up.