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The Revealing of Richard Hine

September 29, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Profiles, Q&A

Richard Hine’s debut novel, Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch, launches on October 12, 2010 with this descriptive tagline:

Working in the media business inspires all kinds of passions in Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch

Hmm, makes one wonder, doesn’t it? However these glowing words are more than definitive:

“This wry contemporary comedy — one part Glengarry Glen Ross and two parts Sophie Kinsella — will make readers cheer…. A winner in every way.” __Publishers Weekly

The Divining Wand has scheduled a presentation/review of Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch for Monday, October 11, 2010 but, in the meantime, let’s meet the author through his “official” bio:

London-born Richard Hine began his career as an advertising copywriter. After moving to New York at the age of 24, he held creative and marketing positions at Adweek, Time magazine, where he became publisher of Time’s Latin America edition, and The Wall Street Journal, where he became vice president of marketing and business development. While at The Wall Street Journal, he oversaw the marketing campaign behind the launch of the Journal’s Weekend Edition in 2005.

Richard Hine’s fiction has been published in numerous literary publications, including London Magazine and Brooklyn Review. He is also a winner of and two-time finalist in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest, and an interview of him appears in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest Book (Andrews McMeel Publishing,2008). He lives in New York City with the novelist Amanda Filipacchi.

RUSSELL WILEY IS OUT TO LUNCH is his first novel.

And now it’s upclose and personal time with Richard:

Q: How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A:I learned my lessons in the wrong order

Q: What is your motto or maxim?
A: Be good. Have fun where appropriate.

Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: The absence of all irritants.

Q: What’s your greatest fear?
A: The inauguration of President Palin.

Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: On an island or a mountaintop with my girlfriend.

Q: With whom in history do you most identify?
A: Joseph Heller. When I worked for Time Magazine as a promotion writer, they told me I was doing his old job. Twenty years after he wrote Something Happened, I could see its echoes at the Time Inc of the 1990s.

Q: Which living person do you most admire?
A: Barack Obama, for proving that America can still be a meritocracy, for displaying civility in the face of hostility, and for demonstrating intelligence in the face of stupidity

Q: What are your most overused words or phrases?
A: I recently invented “Aujourd’hui Day,” a new holiday which occurs 365 days a year. So I wish my girlfriend “Happy Aujourd’hui Day,” every day. It hasn’t taken off yet, but it will.

Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: If I could sing in tune, there would be no stopping me.

Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: Finishing a novel.

Q: What’s your greatest flaw?
A: I think I’m being funny when I’m not.

Q: What’s your best quality?
A: I’m always funny.

Q: What do you regret most?
A: Wasting time.

Q: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: An airborne virus that makes everyone sensible, reasonable and tolerant.

Q: What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: Red hair.

Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: Joseph Andrews.

Q: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: The Joker.

Q: If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: Geoff Hurst was a West Ham United striker who scored a hat trick for England in the 1966 World Cup final. I would congratulate him for that fine achievement and curse him for the lifelong misery he caused by inspiring me to become a West Ham supporter.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Networks that give equal time to people who want to debate scientific theories that are already proven.

Q: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: Campaigning against the return of voodoo economics.

Q: What’s your fantasy profession?
A: Bestselling novelist.

Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A: Curiosity, creativity and childishness.

Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A: Amy’s Tofu Scramble.

Q: What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes by Elvis Costello
Thick As Thieves by The Jam.
William It Was Really Nothing by The Smiths.
Common People by Pulp.
French Navy by Camera Obscura.

Q: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
Something Happened by Joseph Heller
The Destinies of Darcy Dancer, Gentleman by J.P. Donleavy
Two Lives by William Trevor
Nude Men by Amanda Filipacchi

“Always funny,” creative, and thought-provoking, Richard Hine is a debut author to follow on Twitter and friend on Facebook

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Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand is giving away two copies of Karen McQuestion’s A Scattered Life in a random drawing of comments left only on this specific post, Karen McQuestion and A Scattered Life. Comments left on other posts during the week will not be eligible. The deadline is tonight at 7:00 p.m. EDT with the winners to be announced here in tomorrow’s post. If you enter, please return tomorrow to see if you’re a winner.

7 Comments to “The Revealing of Richard Hine”


  1. “Q: What’s your greatest fear?
    A: The inauguration of President Palin.”

    SNARF! Yeah, I know the feeling.

    Very interesting contrast to the interviews we usually see here. It’s nice to get a male perspective, ya know? And yet still there is the same undercurrent of passion clearly driving him.

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  2. Sounds like a great read!

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  3. I can’t wait to learn more about his book!

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  4. i love these quick interviews and read them with great interest. that said, and not to start a dog-fight, i was thinking about something this morning on my run that was brought back to me by the author’s words:”The inauguration of President Palin.” and “Campaigning against the return of voodoo economics.”

    it seems to me that when one is an author AND a conservative, one should learn to keep that info quiet. the world of publishing leans left, so it’s not that big of a surprise, but it does give me a squinched-up nose and furrowed eyebrows.

    i want to be totally me, but the publishing world would rather i not. yet, it embraces my left leaning friends, encouraging them even.

    i feel certain i will continue to be me, always having to explain myself, and that may cost me readers, but who else can i be but me? i wonder if my friends on the other side of the aisle wrestle with this.

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  5. Have reordered the book. Cannot wait to read it

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  6. Sounds like a great book.

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  7. Very charming interview. Looking forward to reading about Russell Wiley.

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