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Proust Questionnaire: Alice Michael White

Proust Questionnaire: Alice Michael White

Alice Michael White is the author of the newest release from Domesticated Primate, A Set of Strings. A Set of Strings is a tongue-in-cheek romance novel which plays with classic genre tropes, often times zigging when you may expect it to zag. Alice describes it as "Dawson's Creek meets Fifty Shades of Grey." The cover art, a play on 60s pulp romance novels that you would find in the checkout line of a grocery store was done by Clinton Lisboa.  

PRE-ORDER for A Set of Strings will be going live on 3/29/2018.

Alice is a quirky, candid, and hopelessly romantic New Bedford resident who loves writing, theater, film, her husband, and her two cats.

PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE
 Alice Michael White 

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
–Not being able to provide for those you love and yourself.

Where would you like to live?
–It's a tie between a the Shire or a small cottage by the ocean, with a yard and a large bathtub.

What is your idea of earthly happiness?
–Being able to understand the pleasure of and revel in the simple things.

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
–Vanity and magical thinking.

Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
–Aslan, Jean-Luc Picard, Sherlock Holmes, Samwise Gamgee, 

Who are your favorite characters in history?
–Sigmund Freud, Homer, William Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky, Malcolm X
 
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
–My Aunt, my mother and my sister.

Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
–Elizabeth Bennett, Jane Eyre, Matilda, Buffy Summers, Penelope (The Odyssey)

Your favorite painter?
–JMW Turner, Frida Kahlo, Basquiat -- I need to get more into painters...

Your favorite musician?
–Elton John
 
The quality you most admire in a man?
–Strength, both inner and outer, a deep voice, and loyalty.

The quality you most admire in a woman?
–Tenacity, kindness, and warmth.

Your favorite virtue?
–Temperance

Your favorite occupation?
–Writer

Who would you have liked to be?
–An ancient goddess

Your most marked characteristic?
–My quirkiness.

What do you most value in your friends?
–The ability to be themselves at all times and their unconditional love and support. I treasure them.

What is your principle defect?
–Moodiness that rears its ugly head at the worst of times, as uncontrollable as an untrained puppy.

What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
–Dying alone.

What would you like to be?
–A mother, a writer, and a treasured friend and family member. Perhaps a bed and breakfast owner as well, with lots and lots of cats.

What is your favorite color?
–Green

What is your favorite flower?
–Calla lily

What is your favorite bird?
–Blue jays, they remind me of my father.

Who are your favorite prose writers?
–Daphne DuMaurier, Anne Rice, Kresley Cole, Hunter S. Thompson, Jane Austen

Who are your favorite poets?
–Charles Bukowski, Robert Frost, William Blake, Seamus Heaney

What are your favorite names?
–Percy, Llewellyn, Emrys.

What is it you most dislike?
–Selfishness and laundry.

What historical figures do you most despise?
–Hitler and Donald Trump 

What event in military history do you most admire?
–Dunkirk and the response of civilians to assist those in need.
 
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
–Mathematical prowess
 
How would you like to die?
–Surrounded by loved ones or at least in my sleep. Death terrifies me.
What is your present state of mind?
 
–Peaceful...mildly anxious.

What is your motto?
–Mind over matter

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