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. It the hot seat today: MARCI LYN CURTIS, author of the contemporary YA, THE ONE THING (Disney Hyperion, 2015), and the upcoming THE LEADING EDGE OF NOW (KCP, 9/4/18).
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Double-chocolate French macarons.
What is your greatest fear? Failure. (Also: success. Is that weird? That’s probably a little weird.)
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Second-guessing myself. (i.e. my first thought, after answering the last question: Maybe I shouldn’t have told everyone that I’m weird.)
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Disingenuity.
Which living person do you most admire? Ellen Degeneres
What is your greatest extravagance? Getting a massage.
What is your current state of mind? Spirited.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Frugality.
On what occasion do you lie? To avoid hurting someone’s feelings.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? My copyeditor for The Leading Edge of Now pointed out that I used “couple” well…a couple thousand times.
Besides writing, which talent would you most like to have? Singing.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My two kids.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? An elephant.
What is your most treasured possession? The wedding photo on my living-room wall.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Ack. Public speaking. I’d sooner lick the bottom of my shoe than get up on a stage and speak.
What do you most value in your friends? Laughter, open-mindedness, and kindness.
Who are your favorite writers? Katja Millay and Jandy Nelson.
Who is your hero of fiction? Luna Lovegood.
Which historical figure do you most identify with? John Lennon.
What is your motto? “Do no harm.”
MARCI LYN CURTIS is a critically acclaimed author of young adult dramedies, The One Thing and The Leading Edge of Now. She lives near Tampa, Florida with her husband. Find Marci at her website, on Twitter, on Instagram, or on Facebook.