Monday, August 9, 2010

The Warwick's Questionnaire: Elizabeth Brundage

The so-called Proust Questionnaire was originally a 19th-century parlor game designed to reveal bits of the soul, personality, & deep secrets of the participants through a series of pointed questions.  Versions of the quiz was re-popularized in the 20th-century by Vanity Fair and Inside the Actors Studio.  Our version - The Warwick's Questionnaire - is a series of ten questions designed to plumb the depths of the souls of visiting authors.

Elizabeth Brundage is the author of the novels The Doctor's Wife, Somebody Else's Daughter, and the brand-new A Stranger Like You.  She is a graduate of the world-renowned creative writing MFA program at the University of Iowa (known as the Iowa Writers' Workshop.)  She lives with her family in New York State, where she avoids the Empire State Building at all costs.

1. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
  • My kids of course!
Elizabeth Brundage: not afraid of a few questions.
2. What is your greatest fear?

  • Falling off a skyscraper.
3. If you were a superhero, what would your power be?

  • The ability to fly, become invisible, and speak every existing language fluently including dog, cat and horse.
4. If you could bring back one writer from the dead, who would it be?

  • James Joyce.
5. What is your most treasured possession?

  • My corkscrew.
6. What do you dislike most about your appearance?

  • My feet. Bunions the size of radishes.
7. What are you most looking forward to seeing on your tour stop in San Diego?

  • The Polar Bears at the San Diego zoo. I’m a bear fan.
8. Present job as novelist aside, what would your preferred occupation be?

  • Gourmet chef! I’ll have to learn to cook first, though.
9. Who is your favorite author from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop?
10. What is your motto?

  • Lock and load.
Elizabeth Brundage will be at Warwick's on Tuesday, August 17th at 7:30pm to discuss and sign her new novel, A Stranger Like You.


  1. I'm reading "Strangers Like You" right now. It's engrossing!

  2. Karen,

    You sure you didn't mean you're reading
    "A Stranger Like You" published this month?

    Strangers Like You, poetry (2008, 2009)
    Van der Decken Press
    ISBN 978-0-615-32012-0

  3. Mistakes happen. The mistake itself is bad enough – so don’t make it worse by handling it poorly.
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