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Please explain what just happened.

Well, I just saw an ad in the NY Times for a ladies’ handbag.  It was selling for $9,200.  Sorry, but I just cannot explain that.

 

What is your earliest memory? 

I’m in a room with striped wallpaper and two twin beds.  My brother and I are jumping back and forth from one to the other when my mother comes in and says, “Settle down.  It’s nap time.”  She walks away.  We resume our jumping.

 

 

If you weren’t a writer and actress, what other profession would you choose?

I’ve been an actress, a private investigator, a prosecutor, now writer, and managed to squeeze in a job as an associate producer for the NY Mets radio broadcast.  If I choose another profession, even theoretically, I could start sounding as though I have a personality disorder.

 

Describe a typical work day.

Wake up. Coffee. Take the dog for a walk.  Do errands and plan a nice dinner.  Write.  Write some more.  Welcome my daughter back from school and have maybe a little argument about what constitutes a healthy snack.  Write.  Realize I have no time or desire to make dinner and just throw something together.  Watch a little Knicks or Nets.  Read until my eyes are too heavy to keep them open.

 

Is there a time you wish you’d lied?

Probably.  But the harder I try to think of one, the more instances pop into my head of the times I wish I’d told the truth.

 

What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

“Honey, you will not grow up to marry Paul McCartney.  Cheer up, though … you will marry a guy who is also vegan!”

 

If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?

I’d have to go with Jackson Browne’s 1993 album “I’m Alive,” which Rolling Stone rightly describes as “delving into the bitterness, regret, accusation, self-pity and fragile hope that compose the emotional catalogue of the jilted.”  Might as well just get deep into it.

 


What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis? 

HumorOutcasts, Goodreads, Compassion Over Killing.

 

From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

From people who give tirelessly of themselves just because it’s the right thing to do.

 

Name three books that have impacted your life.

Any of the Nancy Drew series – uncovered my inner detective.

August by Judith Rossner – got me into therapy.

Slaughterhouse by Gail Eisnitz – opened my eyes to the unfathomable world of factory farming.

 

If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?

When I first saw my son.  He was wearing a little white NYU Hospital cap that was already too small for his round, Charlie Brown-like head.  His fingers were wrinkled, his face pink and confused.  Now he’s twenty and looks like a movie star!

 

How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

Google says I’m a 2 because I did a movie with Tom Hanks who did a movie with Kevin Bacon.  But I also did Godspell with Dean Pitchford who wrote Footloose.  So there might be a fraction involved.

 

What makes you feel most guilty?

Once in a while I sneak a piece of cheese.

 

How do you incorporate the work of other artists into your own?

If it’s something I wish I’d said or written, I run it by my husband first to see if it’s as memorable as I think.  Then I play with it, change it up a little, and at some point try to convince myself that it was mine all along.

 

Please explain the motivation/inspiration behind Wright for America.

Originally I was going to write a suspense novel that involved a right-wing radio host. But as I began to listen to the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and others, I was stunned at the fact-twisting, the self-congratulations, and the juvenile name-calling that was spouted every day. It was so outrageous that I thought, “You can’t make this stuff up … wait a minute … maybe you can.”

 

What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

Get some rest.  I say it to my son all the time, but he doesn’t listen.

 

List your favorite in the following categories:  Comedian, Musician, Author, Actor.

Comedian – Jimmy Fallon.  He just looks into the camera and I start to laugh.

Musician — Pete Malinverni.  He’s my neighbor and an incredible jazz pianist and composer.

Author — Too many to pick a favorite.  My top tier are all dead, the benefit being they can’t write another novel that ends up disappointing me.

Actor — Colin Firth.

 

If you had complete creative license and an unlimited budget, what would your next project be?

I would continue to work on the series of suspense novels that I’ve begun. It features an animal welfare investigator who uncovers deception and greed in places where animals needlessly suffer – from puppy mills to factory farms to horse racing.  Having worked as an undercover investigator myself, I feel comfortable navigating the territory.  And I believe it’s an opportunity to open up the world of animal welfare to readers who might not otherwise visit.

 

What do you want to know? 

When are we going to wake up about global warming?  What will writers do when there’s only one conglomerate publishing house?  How does Nate Robinson, at 5’9”, jump so high?

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Millions already know ROBIN LAMONT as the voice behind the hit song “Day by Day” from the Broadway show and motion picture Godspell.  Lamont was not only an original cast member, she was one of the creators of the show. Her voice was a beacon for a new generation of theatergoers, and fans continue to follow her.

After a successful career in theater, Lamont put her fine-tuned acting skills to work as a private investigator. Lamont’s work in facilitating anti-counterfeiting programs inspired her to attend law school. She graduated cum laude and practiced as an Assistant District Attorney for eight years. Life has come full circle, and Lamont is back to her first love – writing. Her unusual career path and experiences now inspire her fiction. Lamont’s first novel, If Thy Right Hand, was named “Best of 2011” by Suspense Magazine and won the Gold Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Her latest novel Wright for America is a biting political satire and a fiercely funny detective story about the power and abuses of talk radio. The plot features an actress who moonlights as an undercover private investigator. When the rantings of a right-wing talk show host inspire a hate crime that critically injures her brother, she decides to fight back using her troupe of actor friends. What follows is akin to a Shakespearean farce, complete with false identities and hidden agendas.

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One Response to “21 Questions with Robin Lamont”

  1. Loved this interview! Robin is such a talented woman and so much fun to learn about.

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