Author Revealed

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Is there such a thing? Happiness, for me, is a moment here-and-there when everything that crowds your life drops away and you are simply aware of the pleasure of the moment. Or perhaps it's walking Popham Beach near my house in Maine - and the most beautiful beach in New England - with my two very wonderful children, Max and Amelia, on a winter's day when we had the entire three miles of sand to ourselves, and nothing really mattered except that we were all together on this extraordinary stretch of the Maine Coast.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Anything terrible happening to my children - and I've written about that in 'Leaving the World'.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Where I am right now - in my house in Maine. I also live in Paris and London and Berlin - but Maine is home. I spent thirty years living outside of the United States, But then I came back - and Maine was the place I decided to hang my hat. It was the right call.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Our President, Barack Obama - an intellectual, a statesman, a street-wise politician, and so amazingly Zen, given that he has the hardest job in the world.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Quotidian" and a French expression: 'On verra'... which means "We'll see". Which kind of sums up my world-view.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. That I stayed in a marriage without real love for far too many years. But two wonderful children came out of that marriage - so, as such, my regrets are really nominal ones.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I 'd love to play jazz piano.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Being a good father and a great friend to my children, Max and Amelia.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I am ferociously impatient - especially in lines at airports... or anywhere else for that matter.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I am rather happy being me... finally!

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I am very disciplined. I also talk to myself - which is either a sign of the creative process at work or sheer insanity... or both.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Nick Carraway in F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' - the eternal, discerning observer.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People who think they have the answers. Nobody has the answers.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. My profession is that of a novelist. My avocational interests are: cinema, classical music, jazz, and - of course - the world of books.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Conducting the Berlin Philharmonic or playing a piano jazz gig at the Village Vanguard - two things that are not going to happen within my lifetime.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Intelligence, curiosity, decency.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. I would drink good French wine.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning", "Someone to Watch Over Me". "Summertime", "Finishing the Hat" (from Sondheim's 'Sunday in the Park with George"), "With a Little Help From My Friends", "Now You Know" (from Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along")

Explore

CONNECT WITH US