Interview: Rebecca Mahoney, YA Writer

Becky MahoneyTwenty-something young adult writer and admin extraordinaire: foodie, fashionista, and lover of all things animated. Rebecca Mahoney‘s stories are here to give you nightmares and chew bubblegum, and they’re all out of bubblegum. She is a member of the Operation Awesome blogging team, and is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger, Inc.

Keep up with Rebecca on her blog and her bi-monthly posts on Operation Awesome

Let’s see how Rebecca answers the Proust Questionnaire!

What is your idea of happiness?
As an introvert in a busy city and a day job that requires me to be ‘on’ all the time, I savor whatever moments of stillness I can get. Besides writing, of course, one of the things that makes me happiest is during the summer, when my neighborhood pool is completely empty and I can swim in absolute silence. It has a way of putting my thoughts back in order.

Which talent would you most like to have?
I’d love to be able to draw. I made a few valiant attempts when I was younger, but I’m useless at anything that involves any sort of dexterity and/or steadiness of the hand!

On what occasion do you lie?
When I get those “So what did you do this weekend?” questions from most people. At least, the people who I don’t feel comfortable talking about writing with.

What is your present state of mind?
I’m great! It’s finally getting warmer here in DC, I just finished something big, and now I’m relaxing with Doctor Who.

What is your motto?
“Nothing is wasted.”

What is your favorite song? When do you first remember hearing it?
It changes on a fairly regular basis, but I always end up coming back to Chicago by Sufjan Stevens. The first time I heard it probably wasn’t that remarkable – it might have been on a CD a friend gave me – but I always remember listening to it the night before I left for my freshman year of college. It always reminds me of being on the edge of something new.

What character trait do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty. But kindness is a close second.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
I heavily abuse “awesome” when it comes to superlatives. And when it comes to my writing, I have to be very careful of “just,” “only,” and “after all.”

Your favorite painting?
I have a beautiful painting in my room at my parents’ house of a snowy vista at dusk. I bought it for $20 in an alleyway filled with local artists in Quebec City when I was twelve or so – the first piece of art I bought for myself.

What is your favorite journey?
The journey I have when I’m working on a new project, as I figure out where I’m going. I just love the moment where everything snaps into place and I know exactly what I need this manuscript to be.

What is your favorite time of day?
I may not be a morning person in the traditional sense, but I love dawn. There’s just so much day ahead and so many hours at your disposal. I love nighttime too, though. One of my favorite sights in the world is that of city lights in the dark.

With which literary hero or heroine would you most like to share a coffee?
My immediate thought is Turtle Wexler of The Westing Game. One, she was my childhood hero. And two, maybe she could teach me about finances.

What do you need to achieve before you can die happy?
Well, there are a lot of things I want to achieve in my life, but the big one is being able to publish a book.

Who or what is your first love?
In the romantic sense, I haven’t met him yet! But between my family, friends, and all the places I’ve been and sights I’ve seen, I’m fortunate enough to have a life full of love.

What’s the last dream you remember?
It was a bit of a nightmare, actually! I found a really great apartment in the city near my day job, but my boss kept coming to see me at home, and even held a meeting with everyone sitting on my bed. I feel like a therapist would have a field day with that one.

What’s your madeleine?
A low, powerful hum. I think it may have started with the humidifier in my room when I was little, but now it’s the sound I associate with being comfortable and sleepy and safe.

Without thinking, in one word: what is life?
Open.

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