Author Revealed

About Donald McRae

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 4/19

Q. Previous occupations

A. English literature school-teacher in Soweto

Q. Favorite job

A. Writer

Q. High school and/or college

A. Johannesburg & London

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Tom Waits

Q. Favorite movie

A. Stalker

Q. Favorite television show

A. The Wire

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Writer, interviewer, husband, dad, son and Arsenal fan

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Who knows?

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Fleeting

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. ?

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. New York

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Arsene Wenger

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Ian McRae

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I should be working

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Having to leave South Africa to avoid the army in 1984

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Answering questions

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Writing for a living

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Writing for a living

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Who knows?

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Arsene Wenger

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Dishevelled

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Nathan Zuckerman

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Nathan Zuckerman

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Clarence Darrow..."Guilty?"

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Filling out forms

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Interviewer

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Writer

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Breathing, Eating, Sleeping

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Food

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "Shore Leave" - Tom Waits; "Music for 18 Musicians" - Steve Reich; "Skylarking" - Horace Andy; "Enter The Ninja" - Die Antwoord; "High-Powered" - Dr Dre

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Philip Roth<BR> <BR> JM Coetzee<BR> <BR> WG Sebald<BR> <BR> Raymond Carver<BR> <BR> Michael Lewis<BR> <BR> Geoff Dyer<BR> <BR> Cormac McCarthy<BR> <BR> Joan Didion<BR> <BR> David Foster Wallace<BR> <BR> John Updike<BR> <BR> James Kelman<BR> <BR> Vladimir Nabokov<BR> <BR> Colm Tóibín

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. <i>American Pastoral</i>: Philip Roth<BR> <BR> <i>Austerlitz: </i>WG Sebald<BR> <BR> <i>Waiting for the Barbarians: </i>JM Coetzee<BR> <BR> <i>Where I'm Calling From</i>: Raymond Carver<BR> <BR> <i>My Traitor's Heart</i>: Rian Malan

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. The opening to "Libra" by Don DeLillo

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. It doesn't get any easier

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. Where do you get your ideas?

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