Robert Dugoni: A Self Portrait
Robert Dugoni Revealed
About Robert Dugoni
What is your birthdate?:2/17
Previous occupations:Gas attendant, hospital janitor, journalist, lawyer
Favorite job:Writing books
Name of your favorite composer or music artist?:Elvis Presley
Favorite movie:Roman Holiday
Favorite television show:Cheers, Everybody Loves Raymond
- Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
- A. Blessed
- Q. What is your motto or maxim?
- A. Hard work trumps talent.
- Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
- A. As an author it is those rare days when the words flow from your brain to your fingertips seemingly without effort. They are rare and you learn to cherish them.
- Q. What’s your greatest fear?
- A. I'm a thriller writer who writes conspiracies. I have many.
- Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
- A. Rome
- Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
- A. I'm a big Elvis Presley fan, but I probably identify more with all those writers who worked to perfect their craft.
- Q. Which living person do you most admire?
- A. My mother.
- Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
- A. I hate the word, "proactive." Personally I probably use "considered" too much.
- Q. What do you regret most?
- A. I have no regrets. I'm happy to be alive and doing what I love to do.
- Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
- A. Singing
- Q. What is your greatest achievement?
- A. I'll know it when it happens.
- Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
- A. I'm obsessive compulsive.
- Q. What’s your best quality?
- A. I'm sincere about what I'm passionate about.
- Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
- A. Myself
- Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
- A. My hair.
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
- A. Sergeant Earl Swagger in Stephen Hunter novels.
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
- A. The Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz.
- Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
- A. Jesus Christ. I'd say thank you.
- Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
- A. People who don't play by the rules of society that the rest of us must follow.
- Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
- A. I love to act. I love theater.
- Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
- A. To have all of Jimmy Stewart or Gregory Peck's movie roles.
- Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
- A. Honesty, reliability and compassion.
- Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
- A. Salami sandwiches. I'm Italian.
- Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
- A. Anything by Springstien or U-2
On Books and Writing
- Q. Who are your favorite authors?
- A. Steven King, Stephen Hunter, Phil Margollin, John Lescroart, J.K. Rowling.
- Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
- A. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry The Green Mile by Steven King Hot Springs by Steven Hunter The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien The Count of Montecristo
- Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
- A. The Green Mile
- Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
- A. Never, ever stop writing.
- Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
- A. I love your characters.