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Thursday
Oct302014

Call Redialed: Seth Rudetsky: Seth's Broadway Diary

"Call Me Adam" caught up with Broadway's Seth Rudetsky to talk about his new book Seth's Broadway Diary, published by Dress Circle Publishing. A one of a kind Broadway journal, Seth's Broadway Diary chronicles Seth's unique life on and around the Great White Way. Click here to purchase your copy!

For more on Seth be sure to visit http://www.sethtv.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter!

1. On October 22, you launched your 4th book, Seth's Broadway Diary, a one of a kind Broadway journal chronicling your unique life on and around the Great White Way. What made now the right time to release this book? My A.D.D. plus harrasment. For years I've been talking about getting my Playbill columns published. Basically since I started writing them in 2007. My A.D.D. prevented me from actually doing anything about it. Finally, my husband harrassed me and commandeered my old assistant Joey Monda to send out samples. Joey sent one to Dress Circle Publishing and I got a book deal!

2. What excites you most about this release? I love seeing all these really hilarious stories and interviews in one book instead of tracking them down online. I love the kind of book that you can open and read something fun. Even though this book is in chronological order, you can open it up to any page and get a great story about Sutton Foster, me missing a flight to rehearse with Betty Buckley or some amazing inside scoop about Donna McKechnie and the original cast of A CHORUS LINE.

Seth Rudetsky and Matthew Broderick at "Seth's Broadway Diary" Book Launch Party3. What was it like to go back through your life on and around Broadway to write this book? How did you narrow down what you wanted to include in the book? This is literally the columns I published. I only added sassy 2014 side comments (in a different font) when I went through it to edit. For instance, I wrote about seeing the show 13 and I added that the cast featured a then-unknown Ariana Grande!

4. While you were writing this book, did you come across any events that you wish you had done differently? I wish I didn't call James my boyfriend in every column. I mean, he was my boyfriend at the time, but every time I mentioned him I reiterated it in case I had new readers. A few months after I began writing the columns, I interviewed Nathan Lane and he told me he had HAD IT with me writing "my boyfriend James" every month. "WE GET IT ALREADY! IS JAMES YOUR FIRST BOYFRIEND!?!?!"

Kelli O'Hara and Seth Rudetsky at "Seth's Broadway Diary" Book Launch Party5. What advice would you give your younger self that you didn't know then, but do now? Stop eating cereal late at night. Cardio stops working after age 39.

6. What did you learn about yourself from writing this book? I've done a lot of things I've forgotten about!!! I was reading about an interview I did with Barbara Cook to promote her upcoming concert with Audra McDonald that benefitted the Obama reelection campaign. I wished I had seen the concert. Then I read the following column where I wrote about how great the concert was!

7. What do you hope readers come away with after reading this book? So many fun stories about Broadway they can tell their friends! "Did you know Chita Rivera kicked herself in the head every night at the end of "America" because she's so flexible?" "Did you know Betty Buckley's agent prevented her from getting the role of "Catherine" in PIPPIN because he wanted his other client (Jill Clayburgh) to get the gig?" "Did you know Andrea McArdle hid 64 easter eggs on the set of LES MIZ and they only found 58? And it wound up breaking the barricade?"

Jackie Hoffman, Seth Rudetsky, and Alysha Umphress at "Seth's Broadway Diary" Book Launch Party8. What was the most emotional event you came across while writing this book? What was the happiest event? The most emotional was reading about Loretta Sable Ayres audition for SOUTH PACIFIC and how she almost didn't go because she thought they'd be mean to her like the judges on AMERICAN IDOL. Her husband talked her into going...she got the part...and a Tony nomination!

The happiest is reading about all these amazing Broadway people I've worshipped that I got to hang out with. My inner 14-year-old's childhood dream!

9. Of the celebrities you write about in your book, did any of them have an issue with you telling any of these behind-the-scenes antics or was everyone okay with it? Bebe Neuwirth once said "Seth has an ability to make you reveal things you never thought you'd say in public." So...no!

Seth Rudetsky and Jennifer Ashley Tepper at "Seth's Broadway Diary" Book Launch Party10. What do you like about being an author that you don't get from doing your live interviews on Sirius XM or at Seth's Broadway Chatterbox? Sometimes people don't know how to build a story when they tell me and when I write it, I can give the details for maximum emphasis. Example...Rebecca Luker told me they didn't want to see her for MUSIC MAN. She asked her agent to get her an audition as a courtesy. The powers-that-be finally agreed but let it be known that she was not what they were looking for. Rebecca went to the audition knowing they didn't want to see her or cast her (so nervewracking!), but she got a callback, the role and a Tony nomination! When I asked Rebecca in person "How did you get MUSIC MAN?" she said "I auditioned." Wowza. I had to get her to tell the story in increments for the full effect!

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could be any original flavor Life Saver, which one would you be? The flavor Red whatever that is.

12. How do you want to be remembered? For loving art/music/comedy and spreading that love around!

Seth Rudetsky at "Seth's Broadway Diary" Book Launch PartyMore on Seth:

Seth is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s ON BROADWAY as well as the host of SETH SPEAKS on Sirius/XM Stars. As a pianist, Seth has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows including RAGTIME, LES MIZ and PHANTOM. He was the Artistic Producer/Music Director for the first five annual Actors Fund Fall Concerts including DREAMGIRLS with Audra MacDonald (recorded on Nonesuch Records) and HAIR with Jennifer Hudson (recorded on Ghostlight Records, Grammy Nomination). In 2007 he made his Broadway acting debut playing Sheldon (singing “Magic to Do” in a devastating unitard) in THE RITZ directed by Joe Mantello for The Roundabout Theater. Off-Broadway he wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed RHAPSODY IN SETH (directed by Peter Flynn) at the Actors Playhouse and has also appeared on TV on LAW AND ORDER C.I. and had a recurring role on ALL MY CHILDREN. As an author, he penned the non-fiction Q GUIDE TO BROADWAY, the novel BROADWAY NIGHTS and the recently published MY AWESOME/AWFUL POPULARITY PLAN (Random House). BROADWAY NIGHTS is available on Audible.com starring Kristin Chenoweth, Andrea Martin and Jonathan Groff and MY AWESOME/AWFUL POPULARITY PLAN stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ana Gasteyer and Megan Hiltly. Seth played himself on Kathy Griffin; My Life on the D-List, was the vocal coach on MTV’s LEGALLYLONDE reality show and starred opposite Sutton Foster in THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG for the Actors Fund. Recently, he co-wrote and starred in DISASTER! (which the NY TIMES called a "triumph"), and he currently writes a weekly column on Playbill.com and tours the country doing master classes and performing his one-man show "DECONSTRUCTING BROADWAY."

Friday
Sep062013

Josh Rivedal Video Interview: The Gospel According To Josh

Josh Rivedal and Adam Rothenberg at Gossip Bar in NYCJosh Rivedal is an actor, playwright, and international public speaker.

From Gossip Bar (733 9th Avenue) in NYC's Hell's Kitchen, Call Me Adam recently sat down with Josh to catch up with him about his one-man show The Gospel According to Josh and his new book, The Gospel According To Josh: A 28-Year Gentile Bar Mitzvah, which is currently in pre-release (15% of proceeds will be donated to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention), with wide release on September 24th.

For more on Josh be sure to visit http://gospeljosh.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter!

Part 1: Josh on his one-man show/book The Gospel According To Josh

Part 2: Josh on his new life

More on Josh:

He wrote and developed the play, The Gospel According to Josh, which has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada, and opening Off-Broadway in New York City in May 2014. He wrote the libretto to a Spanish language Christmas musical Rescatando la Navidad, opening in Miami in November 2013. Josh has been published in Personal Branding Magazine.

As an actor, Josh has lent his voice numerous national television commercials, audiobooks, and animated projects including the role of Hippo in Scholastic’s Rabbit and Hippo In Three Short Tales, the narrator of Julianne Moore’s Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully, and description for seeing impaired children for NBC’s Tree Fu Tom.

Josh has spoken professionally about suicide prevention and mental health awareness in more than twenty-five U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. He serves on the board of the New York City chapter of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Wednesday
Jan302013

Arthur Bicknell: Moose Murders: Broadway's Biggest Flop Interview

Arthur Bicknell is the co-founding literary manager and resident playwright for the Homecoming Players in Ithaca, New York. Plays he’s written include Masterpieces and My Great Dead Sister. His recently published memoir, Moose Murdered, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Broadway Bomb, reveals all the sordid details about the original production of his career-halting moosterpiece. He sincerely thanks his long lost son, Steven Carl McCasland, for not only bringing the Moose back to town, but for allowing the playwright to actually be in on the joke, this time.

Arthur's flop, Moose Murders is now being revived in honor of the shows 30th Anniversary by The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective. Moose Murdres: Shamelessly Revised will play at the Connelly Theatre in NYC (220 East 4th Street between Avenue A & B) through February 10. Click here for tickets!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a playwright? I was given a copy of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night when I was in high school. It felt like the first play I’d ever read, although I’m sure that couldn’t have been the case. I was devastated by it, in a very good way. I wanted to write about my family with such painful eloquence. Then came Arthur Kopit’s Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad: A Pseudoclassical Tragifarce in a Bastard French Tradition, Eugène Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, Lanford Wilson’s Lemon Sky, and just about every word written by Edward Albee. I tried to emulate all these writers, all at the same time. Voices, voices.

2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? This is an endless list. Does Fran Lebowitz ever work with others? If she does, she’s my top pick.

The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective's Artistic Director Steven Carl McCasland and Playwright Arthur Bicknell, Photo Credit: Samantha Mercado-Tudda3. The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective is reviving your show Moose Murders, which is known as the biggest flop in Broadway history. What was it like to have your show open and close in the same night after all the work you put into it? When and how did you find peace with the fact that it was going to be known as the biggest flop in Broadway history? There is no way I can answer these questions with quick wit or even unadorned brevity. Everybody dreams of overnight success. NOBODY dreams about overnight abject failure. Fortunately for all the fans of unadulterated schadenfreude, my cautionary memoir Moose Murdered, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love my Broadway Bomb is availble now. You can read all about my unique public humiliation process there. End of plug.

4. How did you find the strength to move forward and continue writing? I didn’t. I became a literary agent instead. I let other people do the writing for several years.

5. How did it feel when you found out this revival of Moose Murders was going to take place? The very first I knew of it was by watching the amazing video trailer created by Steven Carl McCasland, the artistic director of The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective and the director of Moose Murders, Shamelessly Revised. I knew I was in good, solidly twisted hands.

6. What made you want to revisit the script and make some changes to it for this revival? If I keep telling this story I’m going to see even fewer royalties, I suppose, but when I looked at the published version of the script, I was mortified. Apparently I’d lost my will to live by the time I received the galleys, and, along with egregious spelling and grammar errors, huge portions of the stage directions and dialogue were either messed up beyond recognition or entirely missing. Steven was being brave enough to revive it anyway, and I thought the least I could do would be to provide a little more…coherence. And maybe, you know, throw in a little plot, while I was at it…

7. You’ll soon be releasing your theatrical memoir Moose Murdered: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Broadway Bomb. What made you want to write this story of your experience? What made now the right time to do it? Are you kidding? It’s Moose Murders, for God’s sake. Everybody wants to know what was up with that. It may be messy, but we’ve got to stop the car and take a look at this collision! It was either write the book or perform my own whiney version of the Hill Cumorah Pageant, and I didn’t have nearly enough energy for that.

8. You are the co-founding literary manager and resident playwright for the Homecoming Players in Ithaca, New York. What has been the best part of this venture? Returning to my beautiful hometown of Ithaca and pursuing my love of theatre all over again! I hooked up with an old classmate, Rachel Hockett, at our 40th high school reunion, and we literally decided right then and there to abandon our boring, predictable, and terribly practical lives (on opposite coasts) and to move back to our own version of misty and mythological Brigadoon. Some people thought we were nuts. You’ve got to be a little crazy, I think, to follow your dream so unconditionally, especially when you’re over sixty, as we both are. We’re trying to significantly contribute to the conversation in our arts-rich Ithaca community, and specifically to explore the intersection of social justice with theater. We’re committed to developing and employing local actors, directors, writers, and technicians, and to establishing a welcoming and safe environment in which to rehearse and produce an eclectic mix of classic and new plays. End of mission statement. You can read all about us at thehomecomingplayers.org.

9. What have you learned about yourself from being a playwright? I’ve learned that no matter how scared I might be, no matter how badly I bully myself, or how miserably insecure I’m feeling at any given time, I can always turn it all around by putting all the dialogue I’d rather be listening to in other people’s mouths.

10. What's the best advice you've ever received? Get off Facebook.

Saturday
Jul282012

Becca Battoe

Becca Battoe is a rising performer who has dazzled the world of dance, theatre, film, television, and voiceovers. Currently, Becca recorded the bestselling book "50 Shades of Grey," by E L James.

In addition to "50 Shades of Grey," Rebecca has recorded audiobooks for "50 Shades of Darker," "50 Shades of Freed," "It's Not The End of the World," "Losing Charlotte," amongst others.

Her film and television credits include NBC's "Scrubs," "Waupaca," "Midnight Scorpion," "Walk A Mile In My Pradas," "The War Within," "Misogyny," "Little Black Dress (& Heels)," "Spotlight," "Not Quite Hemingway," "Sing," "Belle," "Bagged," "Carpe PM," "Numb,"  "Invasion," "P.I. Squad," and pilots for "The Amazing Rocketman," "The Strippersons," and "Marsha Potter Gets A Life."

Becca has lit up the stage in "Cats" (Sierra Repertory Theatre), "Into the Woods" and "Cabaret" (The Corbett), "Little Women The Musical" (World Premiere, Y.E.S. Festival), and "The Nutcracker Suite" (Louisville Ballet).

For more on Becca be sure to visit http://www.beccabattoe.com and follow her on Twitter!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Ever since I can remember, all I’ve ever wanted to do was entertain people. My first memory of this feeling was going to the Circus, seeing the beautiful women hanging from the wires, and spinning through the air. The way I felt watching them, I knew I wanted to make other people feel that way, too. I remember seeing CATS when I was 9, and saying to myself THAT’S what I want to do!

2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? This list is a LONG one! So many amazing actors in this town, and I’ve yet to scratch the surface. Meryl Streep is the epitome of fearless actor for me. I’d absolutely love to work with her. So many actors, and directors as well! Hello, Mr. Spielberg!?!

3. You have quite a diverse career between acting, dancing, and voice over work. What made you want to diversify your career in this way? I actually started out as a dancer, and got into acting and singing once I got to college. The voiceover gigs were a gift from the Universe. I didn’t think of voiceover as something that I aspired to do because I didn’t know much about it. I guess, like many little girls, I always imagined myself voicing a Disney princess someday, but I never knew the enormous possibility that exists in the voice-over community. I had no clue what a wonderful opportunity and fantastic time it would be to work in the audio book world! All in all, I love to entertain, so whatever form that opportunity arrives in, I always try my best to say yes!

4. You have recorded 15 audio books over your career. What made you want to get into recording audio books? What do you like most about voice over work? I was lucky enough to meet a director at Random House through a friend of mine, and soon after had the chance to audition for them myself. Before I knew it, the audio books were coming in, and I had myself a nice little career going! I absolutely love to read, and I’ve found that I’m quite good at telling stories. To have the good fortune of getting paid to do something you love is really incredible.

5. One of the audio books you have recorded is the widely successful "50 Shades of Grey." What excited you about getting this job? How does it feel to be "the voice" of this book? As an actor, I always pride myself on choosing projects that really challenge and scare me. This book did both. I had no idea what a spectacular phenomenon these books would become, and I couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of it.

6. You have also had success between film/TV/theatre/dance. What do you get from your theatrical/dance endeavors that you do not get from your film/television work? Performing live in front of a crowd is really like no other feeling in the world. The audience is like another character in whatever you are working on. You can feel their energy, and it changes your performance from night to night. The thrill is unbelievable. It’s instant gratification that what you are doing is moving people in some way.

7. You have also starred on a few internet shows "P.I. Squared," "The Strippersons," and "The War Within." What made you want to work in this "new medium"? For me acting is fun. Any time I have the opportunity to play, I will play. Those web series were all a real blast to work on.

8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I’ve learned to believe in myself no matter what. People will always try to knock you down, but you have to work hard and stay confident that what you are doing is enough.

9. What's the best advice you've ever received? My late grandfather always used to say to me, "It seems like the harder I work, the luckier I get." Between hearing that quote and witnessing my mom work so hard to raise three girls while she worked full time and put herself through school to make a better life for us that I inherited my extreme work ethic. It’s so important to keep moving forward and to work as hard as you can in order to achieve success.

10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I would dream of my family and friends that have passed too soon. Spend time with them again like we used to. I’d love to meet myself as a child again, and listen to everything she has to say! I bet I’d learn a lot.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Rollerblading and boogie boarding at the beach!

12. Favorite way to stay in shape? I do a lot of yoga, and have recently gotten really in to kickboxing. When I know I need to tone up fast, I always hit up Barry’s Bootcamp for several days in a row.

13. Favorite skin care product? So many! I love Philosophy’s Miracle worker system, and I’ve been using Bliss Triple Oxygen line lately as well.

14. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? If I had a superpower, I would want the ability to understand and communicate in any language – human, animal, you name it. I think that ability would be priceless!

Thursday
Apr122012

Janis Ian

Janis Ian at 1975 Folk Festival, Photo Credit: Peter CunninghamJanis Ian Today, Photo Credit: Peter CunninghamLegendary singer/songwriter Janis Ian is a nine-time Grammy Award Nominee. She is best known for "At Seventeen," a song that brought her five Grammy nominations (the most any solo female artist had ever garnered) in 1975, and now, it's reaching its third generation of listeners. She is also the writer of "Jesse," a song recorded by many artists, but few remember Janis wrote it. "Stars" is another one of Janis' big songs which has been recorded by such artists as Mel Torme and Cher.

Janis Ian was born April 7, 1951, and started playing the piano at age two. Far from being a child prodigy on that instrument, she hated scales and studying, and switched to guitar at age ten. ("I figured out that while you couldn't carry a piano, you could carry a guitar, and that was it"). Janis' first song was written at twelve and recorded on her first album for Verve-Folkways in 1965, which also featured her first hit, "Society’s Child." The song ignited controversy from coast to coast, resulting in the burning of a radio station, the firing of disc jockeys who played it, and a generation hungering for the truth finally having a female songwriter to stand beside Bob Dylan.

At the age of eighteen, Janis took a break, retiring to Philadelphia for three years "to find out if I had it in me to be a good songwriter, or if I should just go to school and become a veterinarian." Janis returned to singing in 1973 with the stunning "Stars" album, and went on to cover the decade with number one records worldwide. Her follow-up to "Between the Lines," titled "Aftertones," was #1 in Japan for an astonishing six months, a record still unbroken by a female artist. "Night Rains," featuring the Giorgio Moroder collaboration "Fly Too High," managed to go platinum throughout Europe, Africa, and Australia.

Janis Ian 1992 Publicity PhotoIn 1983, after ten unbroken years of making records and touring, Ian took an unprecedented nine year hiatus from the visible music world, studying acting with the legendary Stella Adler and "in general, learning how to be a person." During that period, she married and divorced, suffered two emergency surgeries, lost all her savings and home to an unscrupulous business manager, and moved to Nashville, TN in 1988 "penniless, in debt, and hungry to write." She returned to the music business with 1992's "Breaking Silence," which immediately garnered her ninth Grammy nomination.

"It was good to start young," says Janis. "It was good to learn, early on, that what matters is the music. I got most of my big mistakes over with before I was twenty-one. When people say 'Didn't you miss having a teenage life?' I just say 'I only know the life I lived. I was a teenager, working. A hundred years ago, no one would have thought anything of it. At least I got to do something I loved! I could have been working in a factory, or a day job where every day is the same thing, day in and day out. Instead, I got to deal with everything from doing coke with Jimi Hendrix to death threats. I lived an entire life in my teen years, and I don't regret a second of it."

"Society's Child" Hardcover Book CoverBest of Janis Ian: The Autobiography Collection Cover2008 saw a double-whammy: "Society's Child: My Autobiography," released in North America by Tarcher/Penguin, received stellar reviews; O Magazine called it "Hugely readable" and recommended it as one of 27 "must-reads." Mojo Magazine gave it a four star review, and Booklist a starred review that ended with "painfully candid, and hard to put down." The accompanying double CD-set, "Best of Janis Ian: The Autobiography Collection," contains 31 tracks, and is the first "best of" Janis has ever released in North America. From start to finish, it unearths such gems as Janis' very first demo recording ("Hair of Spun Gold," sung into her father's tape recorder when she was thirteen years old), and features all the classics, completely re-mastered from the original sources, as well as never-before-heard bonus tracks.

Janis is not an artist for the faint of heart, for timid souls who prefer Britney Spears auto-tuned vocals to the voice of real experience. Both the book and the CD set offer an outspoken look behind the scenes, not just of her life, but of the music industry as well. Her story of an agonizing "showcase" for Clive Davis makes you appreciate your own day job. The harrowing years she spent watching her ex-husband decline, from loving partner to threatening her life, are as truthful and straightforward as they are painful to read. And don't forget the good! The end of "Society's Child" is particularly poignant, as Janis finally meets the love of her life, Patricia. The two were married in Toronto in 2003 and have been together for over twenty years.

When she is not singing, Janis dedicates time to her foundation, Pearl Foundation, named for her mother, that works with various universities and colleges to supply scholarships for returning students; they've raised over $300,000 to date!

Now Janis is once again going back on tour with a stop a New York stop at Queens Theatre on April 21 at 2pm and 8pm! Come hear the songs of your youth or introduce this legend to the next generation. Click here for tickets!

For more on Janis be sure to visit http://www.janisian.com!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a singer/songwriter? I grew up in a family filled with music. My parents listened to jazz, folk, classical all the time, so it was a natural thing that, when my father began subscribing to Broadside Magazine, I take note of the songwriters.

2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Gosh. Everyone. David Bowie. Levon Helm. Joe Henry. Bonnie Raitt. The list goes on...

3. What excites you about your upcoming concert at Queens Theatre on April 21? I've been a performing artist since the age of 14, in 1965 -- and I've never, to my memory, done a solo show in Queens! Plus, you're near Flushing, right? My best friend, Janey Street, is from Flushing. We used to meet "under the clock" all the time, then go get egg creams.

4. What will you bring to this concert that you haven't brought to previous concerts? A map of Queens...

5. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing your concert? The desire to make me president?

6. One of your many hit songs include "At Seventeen." Looking back, what did it meant to you to be nominated for 5 Grammy Awards? Now you have 9 Grammy nominations. What does an honor like this mean to you now? It was, and is, a huge thing to be nominated for that many at once. At the time, only four other females had that distinction - Aretha Franklin was one of them. Heady company. And it was recognition from my peers, which, after the hard times of "Society's Child", meant a great deal.

It means the same thing now - peer recognition. One of the absolute highlights of my life was seeing Ella Fitzgerald stand up to lead my standing ovation. I'll never forget it!

7. You started the Pearl Foundation, named after your mother. What made you want to start this foundation and what personal satisfaction have you received from it? My mother went back to school in her 40's, with my financial assistance. Despite having multiple sclerosis, over the course of fourteen years she managed to earn a college degree. It meant more to her than anything in her life but her children. I put her through college, I helped put my brother through college, I put my partner through college, so I've seen first-hand the enormous generational changes education brings. I was raised to believe in giving back. This is my way to do that.

8. In addition to your music and foundation, you are also a successful author from writing your autobiography to science fiction. What made you want to start writing? Writing prose, you mean? My friend Mike Resnick signed me up for an anthology, and I suddenly had a deadline...

9. What did you learn about yourself from writing your autobiography, "Society's Child"? What was like to go back through your catalog of music for the accompanying "Best of Janis Ian" album? I learned that writing is writing, be it songs, articles, fiction, or an autobiography- I love writing, period.

Going back through my old catalogue was enlightening, and sometimes painful! There was work I'd forgotten, work that made me sit back and think "Wow. That's pretty good!" There was other work I'd forgotten that should remain forgotten.

10. What's the best advice you've ever received? Slow down.

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My partner, Pat!

BONUS QUESTIONS:

12. Favorite way to spend your day off? Laying by the water, reading, then cooking lobster for dinner.

13. Favorite skin care product? Water.

14. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Eternal health.