Author, poet, publisher, professor, hard-core surfer and Celtic Life International contributor, Lesley Choyce is a man for all seasons and reasons. Recently, in celebration of his 100th book (!), Saltwater Chronicles, he found the time to take the infamous Proust questionnaire.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? 
Living a creative life with someone I love.

What is your greatest fear?
Fear itself.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Which living person do you most admire?
Barack Obama.

What is your greatest extravagance?
New surfboards.

What is your current state of mind? 
Bursting with ideas to write about and not enough time.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? 

On what occasion do you lie? 

What do you most dislike about your appearance? 
I don’t look like a teenager anymore.

Which living person do you most despise?
No one. A few I dislike.

What is the quality you most like in a man? 

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? 
Weird. Relax. Holy Smokes.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My wife, Linda.

When and where were you happiest? 
Always in the present and at home.

Which talent would you most like to have? 
Ability to sing.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? 
Ability to be more naturally sociable.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Raising two daughters.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
Dog or porpoise.

Where would you most like to live?
Right here (Nova Scotia), right now (2020).

What is your most treasured possession? 
New blue surfboard.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? 
Absolute loneliness.

What is your favourite occupation?

What is your most marked characteristic? 
Cheerful defiance.

What do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty, consistency.

Who are your favourite writers? 
Pat Conroy, Farley Mowat, Bill Bryson, Walt Whitman.

Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
Finton Moon (in the novel of that name by Newfoundland author Gerard Collins.)

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Mahatma Gandhi.

Who are your heroes in real life? 
New writers with great gifts and perseverance.

What are your favourite names?
Linda, Lesley, Sunyata, Pamela, Aidan, Ailis, Genevieve, Scarlett.

What is it that you most dislike? 

What is your greatest regret?
That I have but one life to live. (Or do I?)

How would you like to die? 
Asleep when I’m really, really old.

What is your motto? 
Push yourself to the limit but pull back from the abyss.