About Barbara H. Roberts
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Before I was a physician I was a student. I moonlighted delivering newspapers, babysitting, being a secretary and volunteering to be a guinea pig in medical experiments.
Q. Favorite job
A. Director of the Women's Medical Center at The Miriam Hospital
Q. High school and/or college
A. Barnard College
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
Q. Favorite movie
A. A Man and a Woman
Q. Favorite television show
A. I rarely watch television. I did enjoy the Sopranos.
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. I take care of patients with heart disease.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. First do no harm
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Being on a boat on the high seas with a following wind and my loved ones around me.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Nuclear war
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Jamestown, RI, where I am
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Dr. Bernard Lown, inventor of the cardiac defibrillator and Nobel Laureate for Peace
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. No matter how much you are eating, it's too much.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. the voice of a Metropolitan Operal coloratura soprano
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Becoming a physician
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Kindness (most of the time)
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. Captain of a cruise ship
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. My hairy eyeball
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Don Quijote de la Mancha
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Julius Caesar, and I'd ask him why he didn't have full-time body guards, and did he really have to kill so many people in Gaul.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. People who lie to themselves and others
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Coloratura soprano at the Metropolitan Opera
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Courage, honesty, kindness
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. dark chocolate
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. O Suave Fanciulla, Mi Chiamano Mimi, E Lucevan Le Stelle, Che Gelida Manina, Desperado
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Ruth Rendell, P. D. James, Elizabeth George, Lindsey Davis, Donna Leon, Andrea Camilleri, Ian Rankin, Margaret Atwood, Robertson Davies, Farley Mowat, John Le Carre, Robert Goddard, Denise Mina, Dorothy Dunnett, James Thurber, Sigrid Undset, Sam Harris, Louise Penny, Julia Spencer-Fleming, Deboral Crombie, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Joyce Carol Oates, Joan Didion, Steig Larson, Colleen McCullough, Bernard Lown
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Kristin Lavransdottir, Play It As It Lays, The Crown of Grass, The Lost Art of Healing, The End of Faith.
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. The Lost Art of Healing
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Do it, keep doing it, keep on doing it, until you get better at it.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. You write in a way that a lay person can understand.