An Interview with Brian Freeman
Who’s your present celebrity crush? Name a past celebrity crush.
I admit I do have a weakness for country star Sara Evans. (You’ll find in my books that my hero Jonathan Stride feels the same way.) Fortunately, my wife of 24 years doesn’t seem particularly concerned that Sara’s going to leap off the stage and give me a kiss. Ah, but I can dream. As for crushes growing up…hmmm…well, what teenage boy could resist Olivia Newton-John on the cover of “If You Love Me, Let Me Know”? (Google it, you’ll see.)
What was the worst job you’ve ever had?
Before becoming a full-time author, I spent about eight years as director of marketing for a corporate law firm. (Law firms need marketing directors? Who knew?) It was actually a fine job, but it lacked what realtors call “street appeal.” I remember going home on the bus one day and chatting with a woman who asked what I did for a living. I told her I worked at a law firm. She looked at me very suspiciously and said, “Oh? So you’re a lawyer?” I just laughed and said, “No, it’s even worse. I do public relations for lawyers.” She didn’t crack a smile -- just looked at me dead serious and said, “You’re right. That is worse.” Ouch!
What music, food, drink, toys, etc… do you keep by your side when you're writing?
I’m not sucking up to my publisher when I tell you this, but I actually keep a little metal sculpture of the Flatiron Building in New York on my desk. (St. Martin's is headquartered in the Flatiron Building.) Sometimes I look at it and smile, because it’s a reminder of how lucky I am to do what I do for a living.
What are some nicknames you’ve had in the past? How did you come by them?
Uh oh. Do I really want this information out in public? Well, okay, I had two unfortunate nicknames in my past. As a kid, my family called me “Boo,” because I couldn’t pronounce my name, and that’s how it came out. Yes, yes, isn’t that just too precious for words? Then in high school…do I really have to answer this?...I was known among certain of my teachers (!) as “Rubber Mouth,” because I had a tendency to talk and talk and never shut up in class. These days, I warn book clubs to cut me off when they get tired, because otherwise, I won’t stop!
Do you cook? If so, is there any particular dish that you've mastered and would like to share?
I bake more than I cook, and I drink more than I bake. (My mother won’t see this, right?) So I’ve got a recipe for the world’s best white chocolate chip brownies and a drink called a Kimono Cocktail that goes down awfully smooth on a summer day. If you want ‘em, just send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org