Interview with Tim Federle, Author of Better Nate Than Ever

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Previous occupations:
Broadway actor, with rest-stops at the Super Bowl (as a Christina Aguilera backup dancer) and Radio City Music Hall (as a CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR polar bear).

Favorite job:
This one!

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Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Honestly? Extremely dangerous. Oh, wait. “LIFE,” not “knife.”

Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. If all else fails, chocolate milk and a nap.

Q. What’s your best quality?
A. (Can we loop my mom into this questionnaire, or will she need an internet service provider?)

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Humor and math.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. If all else fails, chocolate milk and a nap.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. For dancing: BILLIE JEAN by Michael Jackson. Writing: THE TOURIST by Christopher O’Riley. Crying: HIDE & SEEK by Imogen Heap. Reminiscing: GRACELAND by Paul Simon. Lip-syncing (tie): CAN’T LET GO by Mariah Carey (MTV Unplugged edition only); GIMME GIMME from “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

On Books and Writing

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. See what happens if you keep throwing a “yes” at those quiet ideas.

Tim Federle was born in San Francisco, grew up in Pittsburgh, and began crashing New York auditions as a teenager, landing in five Broadway shows. Tim’s debut novel, Better Nate Than Ever, was inspired by his adventures backstage; Five, Six, Seven, Nate! chronicles Nate Foster’s further exploits in E.T.: The Musical. Find the author at and on Twitter @TimFederle.

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