The Utimate Interview

Barbara Vey -- July 31st, 2007

So, yesterday the gals at The Writing Playground asked me to Guest Blog.  I was extremely honored since they run a quality site there helping writers who are going solo. 

The way it works is, I wrote the initial blog and readers could post questions and comments throughout the day.  The site was really hopping and they kept me quite busy.  It was so much fun and the questions were terrific.  One in particular was really tough for me to answer and I thought I’d share it with you.

Kathy asked:  Barbara, I’ve been wondering all day, if you could interview any author throughout time, which author would you choose and why?

My answer:  Wow, that’s tough. Oscar Wilde because of his great dialog. Wm Shakespeare to ask if he really wrote it all. And finally, the great Erma Bombeck. She was hilarious and I bet she would have been a great interview.

Some Bombeck quotes:

"The only reason I would take up jogging is so I could hear heavy breathing again."

"In general, my children refused to eat anything that hadn’t danced on TV."

"When humor goes, there goes civilization."

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me."

Now I’d like to ask you, if you could interview/meet any author throughout time, who would you choose and why? 

Bottom Line:  A final word of advice from the amazing Erma:  "Never accept a drink from a urologist."

19 thoughts on “The Utimate Interview

  1. Andrea AKA Smarty Pants

    Erma Bombeck was a hoot. Such a loss when she died. We had a great time with you yesterday, Barbara. Thanks for coming by the Playground. As for anyone I could interview, I think maybe the Bronte sisters, if I’m feeling literary. JK Rowling for someone still living. Any news on the new blog name?

  2. Alana Abbott

    I have the good fortune to actually know (via blogs or e-mail) a number of the authors I’m reading right now. It’s wonderful the number of writers making themselves accessible to fans, who will answer questions on their websites, etc. So that in mind, I think if I could interview anyone, I’d choose Will Eisner. And honestly, I think I’d just rather be there while a really good interviewer was asking the questions, as I suspect I’d be just enough in awe that I’d be unintelligible.

  3. Clea Simon

    I always loved Erma Bombeck and came to believe her wit, writing skill, and general wisdom was underrated because she delivered it so gently and with such humor. If she had thundered from a mountaintop, she’d have been hailed as a major thinker. Ah well… Who would I interview? Jane Austen, without a doubt. Talk about sly wit! – Clea

  4. Kat Brokaw

    Definitely Douglas Adams. What a mind that man had! And I hear he was the ultimate procrastinator, so we’d have had lots in common once we got around to the interview.

  5. maggieball

    What an interesting question. I loved interviewing Tom Keneally best of all because he was so chatty (a half hour interview went on for nearly 3, and we still could have gone on for more). I think perhaps I’d like to talk to James Joyce. It wouldn’t be an easy interview I know, but that man would have something to say to be sure. Maybe his very practical wife Norah could join in too. Magdalena,

  6. JET

    I suppose I would choose an old favorite authro from my childhood – Laura Ingalls Wilder. Jane Austen would also be great but I think that the difference in time periods would hamper my questions to her. I would want to show her more of what an influence she has been more than ask her questions. With LIW, I don’t think I would have that problem because the time difference isn’t as great. I just adored her books when I was young and I would love to ask her more about her life. Jenne

  7. Marcella Miller

    Erma Bombeck was in inspiration to me when I was a single mother of three boys. After I would read her article in the paper, I knew I had a sole mate. I have written a humber/sitire book, which will be published after my children’s book has made it’s rounds, but I truly believe my humor book, which is so Erma Bombeckish, is my best so far. I had no idea there were so many Erma fans out there.

  8. Musewolfman

    I’d probably like to talk with Janet Evanovich. She strikes a note with her humor, and never disappoints. I’d also like to converse with Jewels Verne, because he had such revolutionary ideals, and in some ways predicted the future. also, I love SciFi.

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