The Proust Questionnaire, popularized by the French essayist and novelist Marcel Proust, is said to reveal a person’s true nature through a series of probing (i.e., nosy) questions. In the hot seat today, Corabel Shofner, author of the upcoming MG contemporary debut, ALMOST PARADISE (FSG Books for Young Readers, July 25, 2017).
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Right now. This moment.
What is your greatest fear? Accidentally becoming evil.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Being wishy washy.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Being pushy and selfish.
Which living person do you most admire? My husband, Martin Shofner.
What is your greatest extravagance? Resting.
What is your current state of mind? Unsettled.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Charisma.
On what occasion do you lie? Whenever I want.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “I don’t know.”
Besides writing, which talent would you most like to have?Impersonations.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? I like them kids of mine. Alex, Markham, and Jesse. But that’s not exactly an achievement. I did feed them and make them brush their teeth.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? A mountain.
What is your most treasured possession? My health.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Living with alcoholics. Loving self-destructive people.
What do you most value in your friends? Courage, laughter, unpredictability, authenticity.
Who are your favorite writers? God.
Who is your hero of fiction? Those Fair Witnesses in Stranger in a Strange Land.
Which historical figure do you most identify with? Joan of Arc.
What is your motto? “Never ever ever make a motto.”
CORBEL SHOFNER is a wife, mother, attorney, and author. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University with a degree in English literature, and was on Law Review at Vanderbilt University School of Law. Find Corabel at her website, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads, and Tumblr.