Melissa Anelli Revealed
About Melissa Anelli
What is your birthdate?:12/27
Previous occupations:Editorial Assistant at MTV Networks, Reporter at Staten Island Advance
Favorite job:This one!
High school and/or college:Georgetown University (COL 01) and St. Joseph by the Sea on Staten Island (1997)
Name of your favorite composer or music artist?:Gershwin and Sondheim are my loves.
Favorite movie:The Shawshank Redemption
Favorite television show:Right now, "Lost"
- Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
- A. A strange mix of unpredictable and uneventful
- Q. What is your motto or maxim?
- A. Never do anything out of fear.
- Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
- A. Comfort in family, comfort in friends, comfort in career, and comfort in pajamas.
- Q. What’s your greatest fear?
- A. Burning alive
- Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
- A. Maui
- Q. Which living person do you most admire?
- A. Barack Obama
- Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
- A. I tend to use the word "moment" a lot; I'll go through a passage looking for it specifically and delete. I also tend to stick "And" at the beginning of a sentence; I try and get rid of those too unless it's completely necessary.
- Q. What do you regret most?
- A. Nothing!
- Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
- A. Singing. I'm awful.
- Q. What is your greatest achievement?
- A. Recognizing and acting on my change of heart about becoming a doctor.
- Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
- A. I'm too passionate sometimes.
- Q. What’s your best quality?
- A. I know the value of hard work.
- Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
- A. I'd like to be a bird. The option to fly at will sounds fantastic. The eating worms part, not so much.
- Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
- A. Again, my passionate nature betrays me often.
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
- A. Pippi Longstocking and Harry Potter
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
- A. I'm not sure about "favorite," but Mrs. Coulter, Voldemort, Umbridge and Saruman (not so much Sauron) are interesting to me.
- Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
- A. Is the obvious answer Shakespeare? I think he's pretty much a given. He and Jesus are gimmes. To each of them I'd say, "How?"
- Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
- A. Lazy grammar and punctuation in e-mails, though I admit to falling prey to this habit often.
- Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
- A. Journalism and writing are my only two occupations, so if you could separate one from the other I'd say reporting.
- Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
- A. I have it.
- Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
- A. Kindness, honesty and compassion.
- Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
- A. Um, hi, chocolate. I'd be a very happy 600 pounds.
- Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
- A. Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," Hairspray's "You Can't Stop the Beat," Sondheim's "Finishing the Hat," and the rest are changeable depending on time of day and mood.
On Books and Writing
- Q. Who are your favorite authors?
- A. A non-exhaustive list in no particular order: Contemporary: J.K. Rowling, Michael Chabon, Michael Cunningham, Jennifer Weiner, Dorothy Allison, Cornelia Funke, Frank Rich, Rick Riordan, Malcolm Gladwell, Anthony Sullivan Semi-contemporary and classic: Shakespeare, Edna St. Vincent Millay, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Milton, Walter Kerr, Nancy Milford
- Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
- A. Gatsby. It never stops offering.
- Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
- A. Write.
- Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
- A. Thankfully, that my book helped them relive their time in fandom. To get that comment is a dream come true for me.
- Q. How did you come to write Harry, A History?
- A. I'd spent a few years inside the Harry Potter phenomenon when the idea to chronicle it first came to me. I always thought of it as a "one day" project, until I talked about it with my soon-to-be-agent, who told me why that day should be today. Two years and a whole lot of writing later, it was in stores!