Soon after Robin Antalek debuted with her first novel, The Summer We Fell Apart, on January 5, 2010, it was selected as a TARGET Breakout Book. Perhaps you’ve already read it and understand the reason for these insightful words:
“A preoccupied playwright father and a cult-actress mother are the stars of the Haas family in Antalek’s well-crafted and cunning debut novel…. a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and to the importance of family ties regardless of family history, making this an endearing and easy-to-relate-to dysfunctional family drama.” – Publishers Weekly
However, if you’ve yet to discover Robin’s first novel, what a more appropriate time than now….during the summer? The Divining Wand has scheduled a presentation/review of The Summer We Fell Apart for Monday, June 28, 2010 but today is the opportunity to meet the author through her “official” bio:
Robin Antalek’s work has been published in numerous literary journals. She lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, with her husband and two daughters. The Summer We Fell Apart is her first novel.
And to get to know Robin, in her own words, simply read what she’s revealed:
Q: How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A: Full house: children, dogs, food and my guy.
Q: What is your motto or maxim?
A: Kindness first.
Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: Serendipity – the unplanned moments.
Q: What’s your greatest fear?
A: That I won’t know when I’m at the end – whether metaphorically or on the manuscript page.
Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: The pristine beaches of South West Florida circa 1975 or the rush of Manhattan.
Q: With whom in history do you most identify?
A: Charlotte de Berry
Q: Which living person do you most admire?
A: It would have to be plural: my daughters’.
Q: What are your most overused words or phrases?
A: Give me a minute. Not now. Yes.
Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: Eating good food without gaining weight.
Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: Where I am right now in this very moment.
Q: What’s your greatest flaw?
Q: What’s your best quality?
A: The ability to see past impossible.
Q: What do you regret most?
A: Losing touch with people who mattered along the way….
Q: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: I really don’t think like that – I love the life I have.
Q: What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: Laughter – I laugh all the time – sometimes inappropriately.
Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: Cherry Ames, Student Nurse. She always had a patient with amnesia – fascinating.
Q: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: Okay – this stumped me!
Q: If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: I’m not a sports person – however, I would like to meet someone who has sailed solo around the world.
The idea of one person against the power of the sea is pretty awesome.
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Mean people.
Q: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: As far as I’m concerned these three are interlocked as one: Reading, cooking, and eating.
Q: What’s your fantasy profession?
A: I’m living the dream.
Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A: Humor, honesty and the ability to dream.
Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Q: What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones
God Bless The Child – Billie Holiday
The Very Thought of You – Ray Noble
Halleluiah – Jeff Buckley
People Get Ready – Jeff Beck /Rod Stewart version
Q: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: This is a TOTALLY unfair question! Just five??
Mary and O’Neil by Justin Cronin
The Annunciation by Ellen Gilchrist
In The Land of Dreamy Dreams by Ellen Gilchrist
Chilly Scenes of Winter by Ann Beattie
The Good Mother by Sue Miller tied w/ The Wonders Boys by Michael Chabon
Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand is giving away a copy of the triple memoir Three Wishes by Carey Goldberg, Beth Jones, and Pamela Ferdinand in a random drawing to anyone who comments only on this specific post, Carey Goldberg, Beth Jones, and Pamela Ferdinand with Three Wishes. Comments left on other posts during the week are not entered into the contest. The deadline is tonight, June 16, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. EDT with the winner to be announced here in tomorrow’s post. If you enter, please return tomorrow to possibly claim your book.