[Originally titled The Revealing Q&A of Peter Golden, this post was first published on March 15, 2012. Since The Divining Wand featured few male novelists — and certainly not anyone with Peter Golden’s varied and acclaimed background –, I was curious to discover the “Who” of this man and how he would write a love story. Although Peter won me over with his answers to the following Q&A,Comeback Love won my heart. Also, please remember that the author’s second novel, Wherever There Is Light, has recently been released in paperback.]
Journalist, biographer, and historian, Peter Golden has spent a career breathing insight and life into award-winning non-fiction. Now, however, he has turned his creative talents to fiction with the novel Comeback Love to be released Tuesday, April 3, 2012.
What would you do if you had a second chance with the one that got away?
Ah, yes, how many of us have wondered IF ONLY, yet would you actually take that chance?
The Divining Wand has scheduled a return visit from Peter Golden to discover more about Comeback Love but — for today — let’s meet the author through his “official” bio:
Peter Golden is an award-winning journalist, biographer, and historian. The author of several works of nonfiction, including Quiet Diplomat, about U.S. diplomacy with Israel, Comeback Love is his first novel. He lives outside Albany, New York.
And now the opportunity to get to know Peter more up close and personal:
Q. How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A. Wife son reading writing music lucky—so far
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Enjoy every day
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Eating ice cream with no calories that also lowers cholesterol, builds muscle mass, and reduces your waist size
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Losing someone I love
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. In my desk chair
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Crusader Rabbit
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. My wife
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. #@&$! I can say not only in English but in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Hebrew, Arabic, and Greek. In this manner I avoid overuse.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Write songs like the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Leonard Cohen.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Being a loving husband and father.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
Q. What’s your best quality?
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Any time I’ve wasted
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. My cat, Rocky
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I’m persistent
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Hannibal Lecter
Q. If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Sandy Koufax: Thank you for making me believe that anything was possible.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Major-league pitcher
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Kindness, persistence, honesty
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Ice cream sundaes
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Hallelujah, Eight Days a Week, Come Together, Mr. Tambourine Man, It’s Alright Ma, I’m only Bleeding.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Taras Bulba And Other Tales by Nikolai Gogol; The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor; Stalingrad: The Seige by Antony Beevor; A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway; The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Even with all his previous success, the very talented Peter Golden is living a lifetime dream of becoming a novelist. Share in his journey by following him on Twitter and becoming a friend on Facebook. Also, please add Comeback Love to your TBR or Wish List now….you’ll be thrilled that you did.