Author MaryJanice Davidson  has sent us her answers, and though our QA session is over, I thought I’d post it because this is an author that may very well appeal to you. MaryJanice is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling and prolific writer her upcoming book Undead and Undermined is to be released July 2011.


What is your most marked characteristic that you believe could be a hold over from a past life?

My pitbull-esque determination.  Once I get my jaws into something, it’s almost impossible for me to let it go, whether it’s the determination to get published, to get the last piece of bacon…anything.

What is your principle defect that you believe may be inherited from a previous incarnation?

My Olympian-level procrastination.  I must have been someone who just couldn’t get stuff done in time.  I would have been a terrible spy.  Or laundress.

Which of your favorite heroes do you think you could have been and why?

Well, I have to take a page from the movie BULL DURHAM (when Kevin Costner’s character asks Annie, ‘How come in former lifetimes, everybody is someone famous? How come nobody ever says they were Joe Schmo?’).  So, with all respect, in my former life(ves) I was probably the guy in charge of cleaning up.  Or the woman in charge of driving the bus.  Something dull, yet vital.  I was Joe/Josephine Schmo!

Oh, but I might have been Henry VIII.  I’ve got the ego for it, not to mention the short attention span that took over his love life.  On second thought, I was probably Anne of Cleves…rejected because of my flabby thighs.

What three people from history would you like to have over to dinner for a discussion about reincarnation?
Lincoln, Madonna (I know, she’s not dead, but if anyonej’s been reincarnated it’s her, so I wanna invite her while she’s alive and her afterlife isn’t all clogged with invitations), Anne Boleyn, Jesus, Cleopatra…whoops, that’s not three…

What do you think happens when we die?

I have no idea.  Isn’t that the point of wondering about all this?  We don’t know.  But we sure wanna find out…without, you know, doing any first-hand research.  I’d like to think we don’t blow out like candles we don’t need once the electricity comes back on.  I think there’s energy, and I think the energy goes somewhere…finding out will be, as Peter Pan called it, “an awfully big adventure”.

When you come back next time, who (or what!) would you like to be?

Tough one!  I’ve been so fortunate in this life, I’ve not only gotten everything I ever wanted, I’ve also been able to live a dream life:  I’m a best-selling author, so I’m paid to travel the world and write about it.  It seems greedy to ask for more in the next life!  Like ordering in a restaurant:  “Yeah, this time I’d rather have only two years of rejection slips instead of over a decade.  And can I get a side of Pulitzer Prize?”  I think if I come back, all I’d ask is to be happy in whatever my life is…whether I’m fated to be a bricklayer or a baboon.

MaryJanice’s author website is here.

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