Author Q&A

Factsheet

Name: Sonya Kudei

Place of birth: Zagreb

Currently lives in: England (since 2006)

Likes: October, ships of the line, chestnuts

Dislikes: rhubarb, clowns

Favorite color: #1500b7

Favorite book: The Master & Margarita

Favorite movie based on a book: Master & Commander

Favorite book whose title does not contain the word “master”: The Name of the Rose

Favorite grammatical feature: the accusative (you will be sorely missed, “whom”)

Least favorite grammatical feature: definite/indefinite articles (useless verbal litter)

Favorite word in any language: Lat. merendarius, -ii, m. – one who takes an afternoon luncheon between 4 and 5 p.m. (Because it’s very important to have a lexical distinction between one who takes luncheon between 4 and 5 p.m., as opposed to, say, one who takes luncheon between 3 and 4 p.m.

Least favorite word: luncheon

Word or phrase most likely to bring up bizarre mental imagery: creature comforts

Favorite movie: Any movie that has both Kurt Russell and Antarctica in it

Most-watched movies: Back to the Future, Alien, The Abyss, Raiders of the Lost Ark (100+ times)

Least-watched movies: The Titanic, Piano, The English Patient, any movie in which Meryl Streep has a crying fit in front of a washing machine (0 times)