Getting to know Arianna Huffington
Stricker: What papers have you written for?
Huffington: I am writing for a syndicate, which means many different newspapers, my syndicate is called Tribune Media Syndicate, and one of the newspapers is the San Diego Tribune, also the Los Angeles Times, The Sacramento Bee. These are some of the California papers, then going all the way to New York, the New York Daily News, the Dallas Morning News, there are different papers all around the country.
Stricker: How did you start writing?
Huffington: I started writing when I was in my twenties, I was asked to write a book on the changing role of women and that was my first book which was published when I was 23 years old. I have written another seven books, so a total of eight books. My greatest influence was my mother, because she made me believe that I could do anything, accomplish whatever my dreams were and not be afraid and if I failed she would not love me any less. So she made me free to take risks and not worry too much about failing, because anytime you want to do anything worthwhile there is going to be failure along the way. My second book, which is about the crisis of political leadership, was rejected by 36 publishers before it was finally published. So you know you have to be able to persevere and not give up.
Stricker: How long have you been writing?
Huffington: Well I am now 51 years old. I have been writing for publication since I was 23 so that is 28 years.
Stricker: What is your favorite book?
Huffington: I would say if I had to pick one book I would pick a book of Shakespeareís plays because I love Shakespeare more than any other writer. If you have a book of Shakespeare plays including my favorite, which is The Tempest, you could read and reread and reread and never tire of that.
Stricker: What was your favorite book when you were a kid?
Huffington: I remember that Jack in the Beanstalk was my favorite.
Stricker: What one thing makes you successful?
Huffington: I prioritize. I decide what is the most important thing I have to do today. Often for me itís doing my column, because I do two columns a week. So the most important thing is finishing my column, because if I donít do my column than nothing else works.
Stricker: What is your favorite website?
Huffington: I like salon.com, which also runs my column, but thatís not why I like it (laughs). But I think itís a really good website.
Stricker: If you were to do anything in the world, what would it be?
Huffington: I would write a novel or a screenplay that would change the way people thought about our social problems. I would make people more compassionate, such as make people less selfish and narcissistic. I think sometimes great novels or great movies have changed the way people think about a problem. So that would be like my dream.