Mary Alice Monroe Revealed
About Mary Alice Monroe
What is your birthdate?:5/25
Previous occupations:Teacher of Japanese and English.
Favorite job:Being an author is the best job in the world.
High school and/or college:For high school, I went to a small boarding school that was the motherhouse of the Franciscan nuns. I began college at Northwestern U then moved to NJ and studied Japanese at Seton Hall U. where I graduated and got my MA.
Name of your favorite composer or music artist?:Debussy is my favorite composer. My favorite music artist is Otis Redding.
Favorite movie:This changes all the time. My fav movie of 2012 was Life of Pi.
Favorite television show:I love The Big Bang Theory. Maybe because my husband is a brilliant geek I get all the jokes. It is very smart writing.
- Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
- A. An ever changing whirlwind with moments of serenity.
- Q. What is your motto or maxim?
- A. You can make a difference.
- Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
Being outdoors in a beautiful, serene setting--the ocean, my garden, the river--and being completely present in the moment.
- Q. What’s your greatest fear?
- A. Other than not meeting my deadline? It would have to be someone I love being injured.
- Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
- A. At the moment...in Okinawa visiting my son in the Marines.
- Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
- A. Eliza Lucas Pinckney, she ran 3 plantations in a time when women were second class citizens, devised a profitable method of growing indigo, And all while being a lady and a mother. Amazing woman.
- Q. Which living person do you most admire?
- A. My husband, Markus.
- Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
- A. Turlte something. I'm always talking about my sea turtles...
- Q. What do you regret most?
- A. Most? Lost opportunities for kindness. Daily? I tend to get lost in my work and I regret making friends and family mad that I don't answer my phone...
- Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
- A. I'd love to dance ballet again....or sing opera!
- Q. What is your greatest achievement?
- A. My children.
- Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
- A. Procrastination.
- Q. What’s your best quality?
- A. Best? I don't know...but I think the fact that I genuinely love people and animals makes me a better person.
- Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
- A. For better or for worse, I'll just be me.
- Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
- A. I'm a hugger. I can't stop myself... I come from a family of huggers.
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
- A. Kate, my heroine from Time is a River. She's strong, independent, a naturalist, and an ace fly fisher. This character spoke so clearly in my mind. I want to be her when i grow up.
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
- A. Hannibal Lecter. He still scares me silly.
- Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
- A. Mr. Darcy. At a ball. He'd ask me to dance and I'd say a haughty yes.
- Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
- A. I get sea sick and I can't whistle. That's tough for someone who loves to be out on the water and wishes she could make bird calls!
- Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
- A. Being a volunteer for sea turtles and dolphins.
- Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
- A. I study and read a great deal because I love learning, but if I had a great chunk of time--and a better brain, perhaps-- I'd be a PhD in marine biology.
- Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
- A. Integirty, honesty, kindness.
- Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
- A. sushi
- Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
- A. Reverie and Clair de Lune (Claude Debussy), One Fine Day (Madame Butterfly), Lela, Try a Little Tenderness,
On Books and Writing
- Q. Who are your favorite authors?
- A. Only five? Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck, Rosamunde Pilcher, Pat Conroy, Murasaki Shikibu.
- Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
- A. Great Expectations, East of Eden, The Shell Seekers, Prince of Tides, The Tales of Genji.
- Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
- A. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher.
- Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
- A. Don't stop--keep writing and edit later.
- Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
- A. "I feel like I can see your story, like I'm there."