Gina Wohlsdorf is an author, novelist and screenwriter, with a focus on horror/thriller novels, short stories and screenwriting. Her first novel, Security, is forthcoming from Algonquin Press on June 7, 2016. 

A Q & A with Gina Wohlsdorf

Q: What is your spirit animal and why?
A: A giraffe. They’re gangly and impossible.

Q: Your favorite TV show is . . ?
A: Bates Motel. I’m also a giant nerd for Scorpion. 

Q: The show on television you can’t help watching and feel stupid about watching is . . ?
A: American Ninja Warrior. They had an international episode with USA versus Japan versus Europe, and I teared up when America won. 

Q: Best book nobody’s heard of?
A: The Frenzy of Renown by Leo Braudy.

Q: Best book everybody’s heard of?
A: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Q: What is your theme song?
A: “Swim” by Jack’s Mannequin.

Q: If you were trapped in a horror film, which horror movie character would you choose to have your back? 
A: Two-way tie. Either Jessica Biel in the Texas Chainsaw remake (drags a wounded compatriot across half of cannibal-infested Texas) or Desmond Harrington in Wrong Turn (does a twenty-minute chin-up under a running SUV to infiltrate killers’ lair and save Eliza Dushku). Honorable mention to Chad Michael Murray in House of Wax, because, once cognizant of the danger, he simply chooses to aggress, displaying either enormous courage or the survival instincts of a concussed lemming, depending on your point of view.

Q: What is your favorite word?
A: Bucket.

Q: If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead -
A: Courtney Love. No contest.

Q: It’s your last night on Earth. What movie do you watch?
A: Moulin Rouge — Freedom! Beauty! Truth and loooove - I will love you! (Come what maaaay!) Yes, I will love you! (Come what maaaay!) I will love you ’til my dyyyy - yiiiing - dayyyyyy! And then she dies. Baz Luhrmann’s a sadist.

Q: It’s your last night on Earth. What do you eat?
A: Stuffed crust supreme pizza and tira misu. When you just don’t give a damn anymore.

Q: What is your most ridiculous fantasy?
A: I’m somehow the musical entertainment on the Oscars, and I lead a rendition of “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray with me singing the first verse, Ellen DeGeneres and Neil Patrick Harris singing the second verse, Melissa McCarthy singing the third verse, and Jennifer Hudson singing the final verse, making the musical number a triple activist charge that’s pro-LGBT, anti-fat-shaming, and anti-racism. We receive a standing ovation.


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