P. J. Parrish Revealed
About P. J. Parrish
What is your birthdate?:11/18
Previous occupations:newspaper reporters and editor
Favorite job:current one: Telling stories!
High school and/or college:Cherry Hill HS, Inkster MI and Eastern Michigan U.
Name of your favorite composer or music artist?:Shostakovich
Favorite movie:Cinema Paradiso
- Q. What is your motto or maxim?
- A. Easy reading is damn hard writing. -- Nathaniel West
- Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
- A. Late Fall, sundown, a chill in the air, a sidewalk cafe on Ile Saint Louis, a kir royale, husband and dogs, good health.
- Q. What’s your greatest fear?
- A. Phoning it in.
- Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
- A. Paris
- Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
- A. George Sand
- Q. Which living person do you most admire?
- A. Parents and in-law parents (they're gone but still alive to me)
- Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
- A. "I'll get to it." It will be on my tombstone.
- Q. What do you regret most?
- A. Procrastination, my bete noir
- Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
- A. Being able to play the piano well.
- Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
- A. Procrastination
- Q. What’s your best quality?
- A. Loyalty
- Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
- A. An otter
- Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
- A. Wish I could say devilish style; will settle for red hair
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
- A. Charlotte the spider
- Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
- A. Bad manners, especially cell phone screamers and gum smackers
- Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
- A. Gardening
- Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
- A. astronomer
- Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
- A. intelligence, passion, loyalty
- Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
- A. Big Louie's pizza
- Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
- A. "Sweet Virginia" (Stones), "Caravan" (Duke Ellington), "Reason to Believe" (Springsteen), "Caroline No" (Beach Boys) "La Vie en Rose" (Piaf)
On Books and Writing
- Q. Who are your favorite authors?
- A. Joyce Carol Oates
- Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
- A. Charlotte's Web
Because It Is Bitter and Because It Is My Heart
- Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
- A. Not really...too many uncracked and too little time to go back
- Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
- A. Learn to take criticism.
- Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
- A. "When's the next book coming out?"
- Q. How did you come to write Thousand Bones?
- A. Our childhood vacations were spent "Up North," as Michiganders call it, so we knew we wanted to set a book in the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula. The story began with an image of a bone buries in the fall woods and everything built from there as we discovered characters, locales and clues as we progresses. The best finds came as we researched Native-American history and found the "Hunger Moon." Serenpidity and unplanned discoveries are the best part of writing. You never know where one small thing is going to lead you.