A. Waiter, gardener, sandwich maker, human rights investigator, university administrator, research consultant, and too many temp jobs to mention.
A. Researching and writing THE OIL KINGS, though it never felt like a "job."
A. I studied my BA (Honors) in history at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand (1991). My first masters degree was in journalism at Columbia University (1994), and my second masters was in strategic studies at the University of Aberdeen (2008).
A. One of my favorite musical artists is French singer Patricia Kaas.
A. A tie between David Lean's DR. ZHIVAGO and Alfred Hitchcock's REAR WINDOW..
A. Upstairs Downstairs.
A. Adventurous and curious
A. Follow your interests.
A. Researching and writing history in a warm climate.
A. Not being able to research and write history in a warm climate.
A. In Europe, preferably in the Mediterranean.
A. Rebels and romantic failures.
A. Mikhail Gorbachev.
A. Not having started sooner.
A. Researching and writing THE OIL KINGS.
A. Worrying too much about everything.
A. Knowing I'm wrong and then admitting it.
A. A popular historian.
A. Intellectual restlessness.
A. Philip Marlowe.
A. Bill Sikes.
A. To Napoleon: "Have you packed your winter boots?"
A. The lack of gluten-free food options.
A. Foreign correspondent in 1930s Europe.
A. An open mind, kind heart and adventurous spirit.
A. If it's gluten-free I'll eat it!
A. In no particular order: Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, Raymond Chandler, Ernest Hemingway, Carson McCullers, Truman Capote, Armistead Maupin, Charles Dickens, James Baldwin, John Galsworthy, Paul Monette, Gore Vidal, Barbara Tuchman, Robert Massie, Philip Roth, Robert Graves, William Styron.
A. These are 5 favorites I've enjoyed and highly recommend: NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA (Robert Massie), THE FORSYTE SAGA (John Galsworthy), GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN (James Baldwin), SOPHIE'S CHOICE (William Styron), GOODBYE COLUMBUS (Philip Roth).
A. Any of the above mentioned authors and books are well worth re-reading.
A. Don't start writing until you are ready. Once you start writing, don't stop.