Tom Bromley Revealed
About Tom Bromley
What is your birthdate?:12/15
Previous occupations:Bookseller, Copywriter, Editor
High school and/or college:York, Oxford and Bath
Name of your favorite composer or music artist?:Bob Dylan
Favorite movie:Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Favorite television show:At the moment, it's Mad Men
- Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
- A. Needing a big performance in the second half.
- Q. What is your motto or maxim?
- A. Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
- Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
- A. Watching York City win the FA Cup Final, while supping a pint of Samuel Smith's finest ale.
- Q. What’s your greatest fear?
- A. A Bros reunion
- Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
- A. The pub.
- Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
- A. Hoccleve was known for moaning about the lot of a writer, wasn't he?
- Q. Which living person do you most admire?
- A. I think Nelson Mandela is the compulsory answer here.
- Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
- A. Stop that! (To my three-year-old daughter)
- Q. What do you regret most?
- A. My answer to question six. I really should have more vision.
- Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
- A. I'd love to be able to sing in something approximating a tune.
- Q. What is your greatest achievement?
- A. Probably persuading my wife to marry me. League. Out. Way. My.
- Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
- A. I'm pretty pleased with the hall to be honest. It took forever to sand those floorboards.
- Q. What’s your best quality?
- A. According to one of those Facebook polls, it's being a father, and taste in music.
- Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
- A. A member of Led Zeppelin in the early 1970s.
- Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
- A. My height. And my hair.
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
- A. Indiana Jones
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
- A. Darth Vader
- Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
- A. Depending on the time-travelling constraints that this question allow, it'd be nice to go back and see someone like Nick Drake or John Kennedy Toole, and tell them how successful they would ultimately end up becoming.
- Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
- A. My cat. And don't call me Peeve.
- Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
- A. Reading.
- Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
- A. Rock star.
- Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
- A. Honesty. Reliability. Humour.
- Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
- A. Sausages
- Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
- A. 'Visions of Johanna' by Bob Dylan: 'Ssh/Peaceful' by Miles Davis: 'Thunder Road' by Bruce Springsteen: 'All That You Dream' by Little Feat; 'She Said She Said' by The Beatles
On Books and Writing
- Q. Who are your favorite authors?
- A. In no particular order: Raymond Carver, Salman Rushdie, John Updike, Julian Barnes, Don DeLillo, George Orwell, Martin Amis, Kazuo Ishiguro, Laurie Moore, Henning Mankell, Nick Kent and in terms of TV writing, Clive James and Nancy Banks Smith.
- Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
- A. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
An Intimate History of Humanity by Theodore Zeldin
- Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
- A. What a wonderful thing it would be to have the time to reread books.
- Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
- A. Read the essay 'On Writing' by Raymond Carver.
- Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
- A. Do you remember this programme, I can't recall its name but the theme tune went something like this... *Sings Something Unrecognisable*