Bring It, Proust! Edie Harris Tackles the Proust Questionnaire
Though the Proust Questionnaire is typically reserved for people far more famous than I, for today, I’m pretending I’m important enough to answer a handful (or two handfuls) of the queries found on this infamous interview structure.
- What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Sleeping past 8am on a Saturday morning, blankets pulled to my chin, and nothing on my To-Do List but reading all day.
- What is your greatest fear?
Drowning, even though I can swim. Very large seaworthy vehicles are also rather intimidating (e.g., cruise ships, submarines).
- What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Prejudice, which is invariably a combined byproduct of ignorance and fear.
- What is your greatest extravagance?
Books. There is an inherent privilege to owning books, and it’s a privilege I indulge often these days.
- What do you most dislike about your appearance?
…I’m just saying there ought to be a rule that, after the age of twenty-one, you no longer have breakouts.
- Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“You know what I mean?” Yes, Edie, they all know what you mean. Stop it.
- When and where were you happiest?
October 22 (my birthday) of 2013; I took the Eurostar from Paris to London and spent the drizzly day in Hyde Park (my single favorite place in the world), then hopped a train to Lewes to see an evening opera production at Glyndebourne. I spent the night in a hostel (first time ever) near King’s Cross, then headed back to Paris in the wee hours of the morning. I think I smiled the entire day.
- If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
Probably a fluffy king-sized comforter for my bed.
- What is your most treasured possession?
I inherited a 60s-era gold-and-diamond cocktail ring from the woman who was my surrogate grandmother. She taught me how to play Old Maid and Go Fish, read me all the Beatrix Potter stories, and served McDonalds cheeseburgers and champagne for our Christmas meal. I miss her every day.
- What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The loss of hope.
- Who is your hero of fiction?
Jo March, a flawed, compassionate, brilliant risk-taker.
- What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I’m a published author…how can I top that?
Answer a Proust Questionnaire question of your own! Who is your favorite hero/heroine of fiction?
Born into a long line of spies, sanctioned killers and covert weapons developers, Beth Faraday carried out her first hit-for-hire when she was still a teenager.
That part of her life—the American spy royalty part—ended one year ago, with a job gone wrong in Afghanistan. The collateral damage she caused with a single shot was unfathomable and, for Beth, unforgivable. She’s worked hard to build a new life for herself, far away from the family business.
But someone, somewhere, hasn’t forgotten what Beth did in Kabul. And they want revenge.
As the Faraday clan bands together to defend Beth and protect their legacy, Beth is forced to flee her new home with the unlikeliest of allies—MI6 agent Raleigh Vick, the only man she’s ever loved. And the one she thought she’d killed in the desert.
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Edie Harris studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa and Grinnell College. She fills her days with writing and editing contract proposals, but her nights belong to the world of romance fiction. Edie lives and works in Chicago and is represented by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.