A. Page in a library; sandwich maker and caterer; bookseller; music journalist; analyst
A. Maynard High School in Massachusetts; Brandeis University and Johns Hopkins University
A. Everything is a story
A. Happiness is the byproduct of absorption, T.E. Lawrence
A. Nailing a difficult scene, paragraph or sentence.Thinking of something that reveals a character's complexity.Solving a problem.Lying in the sunshine, reading a book, with my dogs curled up next to me, husband napping at my side.Seeing a wild animal or hawk in the woods when I'm walking the dogs.
A. I try not to be afraid of things.
A. On a craggy, windswept island. With broadband access.
A. I wish I had applied myself better as an undergraduate. I loved grad school, though.
A. Real world talent: learn a foreign language. Superpower talent: shoot fireballs from my hands
A. A long and productive career. A twenty year plus marriage.
A. My temper (see: shoot fireballs from my hands, above)
A. I'm a quick, quick learner.
A. Bill Sykes, from Oliver Twist
A. When people don't listen to others.
A. Reading, quilting.
A. Integrity, loyalty, determination.
A. Right now: Viva la Vida (Coldplay), Iris (GooGoo Dolls), I Don't Believe in Ghosts (Duncan Sheik), Supermassive Black Hole (Muse), The Story (Brandi Carlile)
A. Thomas Pynchon, Vladimir Nabokov, John Barth, John Irving, Shirley Jackson, Neal Stephenson, Audrey Niffenegger, Jess Walter, Tana French, Adam Haslett, Michael Chabon, Scarlett Thomas, John Crowley, Ann Proulx, Virginia Woolf, Patricia Highsmith, how could I almost forget David Mitchell?
A. Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson
A. Write every day.
A. Can't put down The Taker. Haunted by the characters.