50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays: Jennifer Zobair

Each week, I ask someone interesting a question at least tangentially related to the subject of humor and request that she/he respond in 50 words or less.

Or somewhere in the ballpark of 50 words. That’s why there’s an “-ish.” I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this site isn’t exactly a bastion of rigidity.

Jennifer ZobairPlease put your hands together (I guess I have to take your word for it on that) for this week’s guest, Jennifer Zobair, an author and attorney living in the Boston area. She’s married to a fellow Georgetown Law grad who happens to be Pakistani-American. Jennifer says this means she knows her cumin from her coriander and that the dry cleaner is lying when he says he can remove that Painted Hands coverbig blob of henna from your favorite white pants.

Her novel, Painted Hands, is forthcoming from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press in June. You can find her on the Web at her site/blog (jenniferzobair.com) or, as I did, on Twitter, where @jazobair and @AuthorTedFox became fast friends. She recently gave up the good fight and joined Facebook.

I asked Jennifer:

The path to getting a book published is typically a long and winding one. Did yours include any moments best described as “odd”?

I had to research a squash scene for my novel. Having never played, I scoured my network, asking friends, lawyers, PTO moms, my ob/gyn. “Do you play? You’re sure? Wasn’t that kind of the point of your Ivy League education?”

When I’d given up hope, religious proselytizers appeared, like a gift from God, at the door. They expressed concern for my soul, leading to this exchange:

Them: Are you open to eternal salvation?

Me: Probably not in the ways you mean. Do you play squash?

Them: No.

It was not the miracle either of us was looking for.

I played racquetball a few times in college. Is that like squash? I suppose it doesn’t matter; I don’t really remember those rules, either.

Jennifer gets a special shout-out for being here this week because she persevered in the face of no electricity yesterday to get me her answer. I think that deserves a Twitter follow from all of us.

Be sure to come back next Friday, when my guest will be Nathan Bransford (@NathanBransford), author of the Jacob Wonderbar novels and social media manager at CNET.

Interested in being featured in “50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays” or know someone who should be? Let me know.

Also, feel free to check out the archive of past guests. But no pressure.


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