Nicola Rendell – Proust Questionnaire

It won’t come as a surprise. I am in love with Nicola Rendell. I’m a proud stalker and fan. I’ll buy everything she writes because each word feels like a beautifully wrapped present.

You never know how she’s going to surprise you but she does! Every single time!

I’m trying to turn every reader I know into a Nicola-ist.

So grab Hail Mary now

While you’re at it, grab Professed

Don’t leave without Confessed!




So now that I’ve “Professed” my love to Nicola, I’d love to thank her for answering my questions. Marcel Proust’s questions to be honest. The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature.

So here it is!


1.What is your idea of perfect happiness? A winter’s night, a blizzard outside, warm and safe with my husband and dogs on the couch, binge-watching something spooky, eating freshly popped popcorn.

2.What is your greatest fear? Scorpions.

3.What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? When I am worried about something, I panic. I wish I was a cool cucumber.

4.What is the trait you most deplore in others? Jealousy.

5.Which living person do you most admire? Gloria Steinem.

6.What is your greatest extravagance? Riding boots and perfume.

7.What is your current state of mind? Nervous and happy.

8.What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Purity.

9.On what occasion do you lie? To avoid hurting someone’s feelings.

10.What do you most dislike about your appearance? The unruly baby curls around my face.

11.Which living person do you most despise?

12.What is the quality you most like in a man? Confidence.

13.What is the quality you most like in a woman? Confidence.

14.Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Also,” “sort of,” “LOL.” In my writing, I use the word “deep” far too often, and I have a lot of eyebrow arching.

15.What or who is the greatest love of your life? My husband, and the place I grew up.

16.When and where were you happiest? When I first moved back to New Mexico after college, but before grad school. I had my own house, a puppy, and everything was possible.

17.Which talent would you most like to have? To be able to draw.

18.If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I wish I wasn’t so hard on myself.

19.What do you consider your greatest achievement? Getting my PhD.

20.If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? Either one of my dogs.

21.Where would you most like to live? In the high desert, between Taos and Santa Fe, on a ranch with a goat and a handful of horses. I’d have a pickup truck and an herb garden.

22.What is your most treasured possession? My wedding and engagement rings.

23.What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Feeling like you must please others before yourself, and losing yourself in the process.

24.What is your favorite occupation? I admire artisans, like carpenters and potters. If I could do anything other than what I do now, I would be a woodworker. 

25.What is your most marked characteristic? Enthusiasm.

26.What do you most value in your friends? Their happiness.

27.Who are your favorite writers? Ruth Rendell, Denise Chávez, Patrick O’Brien, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, M.R. James, Luis Alberto Urrea, Anaïs Nin, Alice Clayton.

28.Who is your hero of fiction? Jack Aubrey from the Aubrey/Maturin Series, and Catherine Cawood from Happy Valley.

29.Which historical figure do you most identify with? Petra Herrera.

30.Who are your heroes in real life? There is a professor I know who is 81 years old, still working, still publishing, still adding new things to the world. I hope I can be that awesome in 50 years. 

31.What are your favorite names? Short names. Lucy. Anna. Jack. I also love Welsh names because they are so strange and yet also somehow familiar. Alwyn. Morgan. Delyth. Gwenyth.

32.What is it that you most dislike? Confrontation and disagreement.

33.What is your greatest regret? That it took me so long to begin writing as Nicola.

34.How would you like to die? Quietly, in my sleep, many, many decades from now, having achieved everything I set out to do.

35.What is your motto? Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.



Nicola Rendell writes dirty, funny, erotic romance. She likes a stiff drink and a well-frosted cake. She loves to cook, sew, and play the piano. She realizes that her hobbies might make her sound like an old lady and she’s totally okay with that. She lives with her husband and her dogs. She is from Taos, New Mexico.

One thought on “Nicola Rendell – Proust Questionnaire”

  1. She’s just the greatest! I feel so fortunate to have stumbled on Nicola’s Professed this summer and the rest of her books are just as amazing!

    Thank you for sharing a piece of yourself!

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