Author Revealed

Revealing Questions

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Well, Bernard Shaw once said, "The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them." I have it taped over my dresser along with this old advertisement that says, "I believe if you look at yourself and see what is right instead of what is wrong, that is the true mark of a healthy individual." Both of these things have served me pretty well so far.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Achieving some of the goals and dreams you set for yourself, but also coming to genuinely understand why and how it is okay when other things happen instead.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Mass panic.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. I can't really regret anything because then I wouldn't be where or who I am right now.

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

A. Being able to sit down at the piano and play anything, gorgeously.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Self-Doubt

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. You would have to ask my friends that!

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Probably my smile. But a lot of people say they can spot me yards away just by my walk.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Dorothy Gale

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. You can't cheer for the BAD guys!

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I would love to meet TS Eliot to thank him for his poems, but also I would tell him how much I admire the fact that he wrote such amazing poetry, all the while holding down a boring job at a bank.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Obliviousness

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

A. Managing Little Shop of Stories

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. An interior designer, fashion designer, or commercial photographer.

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

A. Reliability, forthrightness, vivacity

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

A. What a horrible way to live!

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Any and all of them who write honestly and clearly with smart imagination and vivid truth: the ones who make you think or feel something you never have before, and/or (even better) who somehow articulate that deep thing you have always thought or felt but never quite knew how to put until you read it in their words. (Some examples include Henry James, Zadie Smith, Lorrie Moore, John Irving, Cormac McCarthy, and Annie Proulx, but those are just a few.)

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. #1: All The King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren; #2: The Wrestler's Cruel Study, by Stephen Dobyns; #3: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving; #4: Oscar and Lucinda, by Peter Carey; #5: Jitterbug Perfume, by Tom Robbins.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Ooooh I LOVE rereading things. Especially short stories. Those I'll read over and over. Usually I leave a gap of several months or years though; not, like, closing the last page and then opening it back to the first page again. (Though one of my sisters did that with Charlotte's Web, like, six times.)

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Read everything: and I mean, ev-ery-thing.