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#BookEndsSpotlight- Jessica Alvarez

  1. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

A bear. I’d like to be a scary animal, and hibernation sounds wonderful.

  1. Which of your five full albums (not just a song here and there) get the most repeat play?

This is tough. I tend to buy a lot of songs here and there and listen to them on Shuffle while driving, but, according to my iPod, these are my most played albums:

Big Little Lies soundtrack

Ledges, Noah Gundersen

Songs of God and Whiskey, The Airborne Toxic Event

Recto Verso, Zaz

Arrivederci, Mostro!, Ligabue

  1. If you could sum up your life philosophy in under ten words, what would it be (and how did you get there?)

“Persistence pays off.” I came to it because I’m stubborn and hate giving up. I think of this as being one of my most endearing traits, but my husband seems to disagree. Apparently, what’s a good quality in an agent is not quite as good in a spouse.

  1. What is your favorite reality tv show?

The Voice. I could look at Adam Levine all day.

  1. If you lead another life, not in publishing, what would you be doing instead?

I’d probably be a lawyer. I was working on law school applications and prepping for the LSAT when I was offered a job at Harlequin and, lo and behold, here we are sixteen years later. This publishing thing stuck.

  1. What would surprise us about you?

I have a knack for catching runaway dogs. Though, really, they just seem to find me.

  1. If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a gold medal for?

Reading, of course. I’m not sure which I’d do better at–marathon or speed reading.

  1. If you could invite any three people (literary or not) to your dinner table who would it be and what would you serve (food and drink)?

Anthony Bourdain, Bill Clinton, and Ellen DeGeneres. I think they would be wildly entertaining dinner guests. I don’t think there’d ever be a lull in conversation. However, I would not want to be the one cooking for them, so we’d dine out.

9. If you could travel back in time to any single year or event then back again only once, what would you choose and why?

I’d go to my son’s birth. He was adopted at 18 months and there’s so much I missed out on experiencing in those first 18 months, but I’d like to especially be there for the moment he entered the world.

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