Trillium Book Award Author Readings June 16

The Proust Questionnaire, with Carolyn Molnar

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Carolyn Molnar is a full-time psychic medium with an international client list. She teaches psychic development and mediumship classes throughout North America and is the Canadian correspondent for Psychic News, a Spiritualist newspaper published in England. Carolyn lives in Toronto. She shares her experience in this remarkable career in her new book Compassionate Messenger: True Stories from a Psychic Medium (Dundurn Press).

In her answers to the Proust Questionnaire, Carolyn tells us her dream of happiness, her greatest accomplishment, her state of mind and more.

The Proust Questionnaire was not invented by Marcel Proust, but it was a much loved game by the French author and many of his contemporaries. The idea behind the questionnaire is that the answers are supposed to reveal the respondent's "true" nature.


What is your dream of happiness?
Financial freedom, perfect health and doing what I love to do.

What is your idea of misery?
Boredom, hateful behaviour by others.

Where would you like to live?
By the water in a sun-filled condominium.

What qualities do you admire most in a man?
Honesty, loyalty and unafraid to show love.

What qualities do you admire most in a woman?
Honesty, loyalty, and able to keep a secret.

What is your chief characteristic?

What is your principal fault?

What faults in others are you most tolerant of?
If I am tolerant, I don?t see faults in others.

What do you value most about your friends?
See #5 (Honesty, loyalty, and able to keep a secret).

What characteristic do you dislike most in others?
Bigotry, hatred, narrow-mindedness, stuck in their ways and playing favourites.

What characteristic do you dislike most in yourself?
I like me!

What is your favourite virtue?
A true friend.

What is your favourite occupation?
My career as a psychic medium.

What would you like to be?
A better-known psychic medium.

What is your favourite colour?

What is your favourite flower?
Yellow rose.

What is your favourite bird?

What character in history do you most dislike?

Who are your favourite prose authors?
Diana Gabaldon, Susanna Kearsley.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Hilary Weston, Wayne Gretzky.

Who is your favourite painter?
Jill Segal (a friend).

Who is your favourite musician?
Yo Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis.

What is your favourite food?
Spaghetti Bolognese, pot roast, roasted potatoes, salad, tiramisu, apple crisp.

What is your favourite drink?
Green tea.

What are your favourite names?
Carolyn, Diana, Michael, Benjamin.

What is it you most dislike?
Parsnips! Also see #11. (Bigotry, hatred, narrow-mindedness, stuck in their ways and playing favourites).

What natural talent would you most like to possess?
Always to improve my psychic and mediumistic abilities — plus I?d love to be able to paint.

How do you want to die?
Having lived a full life, I want to die peacefully without regrets.

What is your current state of mind?

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Being a mom, helping others connect with their loved ones in spirit.

What is your motto?
Live and let live.


Visit Carolyn Molnar at her website,

For more information about Compassionate Messenger, please visit the Dundurn Press website.

Buy this book at your local independent bookstore or online at Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

Check back for more Proust Questionnaires with Canada's literati in this latest series of interviews on Open Book.

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