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About Matt Dunn

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 9/26

Q. Previous occupations

A. Lifeguard, leisure manager, fitness equipment salesman, I.T. head-hunter.

Q. Favorite job

A. This one.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Ramsgate in Kent, then Brighton Polytechnic.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Too many to mention.

Q. Favorite movie

A. Sideways.

Q. Favorite television show

A. Frasier.

Revealing Questions

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

A. Lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Life is too short for mottos or maxims."

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. A game of tennis in the morning, lasagne for lunch, then skiing in the afternoon. Followed by dinner on my yacht.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Sharks.

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

A. On a tennis court.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Anyone who writes jokes for a living.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My dad. And Halle Berry, but for a different reason.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Okay. And 'fifteen-love'.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not writing my first novel sooner. But then again, I wouldn't have had the material...

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

A. Roger Federer's backhand.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. I saved someone's life once.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Not telling.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. That would be boasting.

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

A. Happy as myself, thanks.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. That I probably need a haircut.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. James Bond.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Probably Dan in The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook. Although maybe 'villain' is a little strong...

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

A. I'm not allowed to say 'JFK' and 'duck', I suppose?

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Rude people. They should just f**k off.

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

A. Playing tennis.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Tennis pro.

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

A. Truthfulness, positivity, and good personal hygiene.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Don't Stop Me Now by Queen, Destiny by Zero 7, Lately by Stevie Wonder, Eple by Royksopp, Come Live With Me by Heaven 17. Ask me again tomorrow, though, and I might pick a different five.

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. David Mitchell, Will Self, Nick Hornby, John O'Farrell, Haruki Murakami, Dan Rhodes, Jay McInerney.

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

A. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell Great Apes by Will Self High Fidelity by Nick Hornby The Best A Man Can Get by John O'Farrell American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. High Fidelity.

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

A. Read the bestsellers in your genre, see how they achieve their page-turning quality, and see if you can't do the same.

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

A. Get a move on writing the next book.

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