A. I worked as an actor for many years. Then I segued to some non-fiction writing.
A. I love being a writer. I don't really want to do anything else!
A. I went to high school in Stockton, CA. My college was in two chunks. Part one at Cal State Sonome. Part two at the University of Washington
A. Please remember my previous confession related to classical music. So ... Chopin.
A. Extremely tough question--but I think I'd have to go with Harold and Maude.
A. Total food program geek. But I think my all time favorite show had to have been Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So funny ... so smart.
A. Eccentric and solitary.
A. Slow and steady wins the race.
A. A life shared with a loving partner in which you both get to do work you that is meaningful to you. That feels to me like a life with meaning and purpose ... perfect happiness for me.
A. The unknown of the future.
A. Dorset, Vermont
A. Identify? No one, really. But I love language and words and Shakespeare is the king of those, so ... But let's be clear. I'm not actually comparing myself to Shakespeare!
A. At the moment, President Obama.
A. Somehow, my characters always seem to signal emotion by stomach "clenching". It must stop!
A. That I don't have more time to write!
A. Math skills. If you had mine, you'd know why I'd consider this to be a talent.
A. Working as a writer.
A. I don't think I'd like to be a different person. But I do sometimes see my cats lolling about and think it would be nice to be one of them.
A. I am outgoing.
A. Jane Eyre.
A. I would like to meet Virginia Woolf (who would, I believe, not be a bit interested in meeting me at all!). But if I could meet her, I would say: "Thank you. At a key point in my journey as a reader, your work showed me what writing could be. I have never forgotten the excitement of reading your work for the first time." I would also tell her I am not afraid of her, but she wouldn't understand this since the play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, was written long after she died!
A. People who say to me: Oh, I've been thinking of writing a children's book for years. Or: When are you going to write something important?
A. Making jam. I'm not kidding. I love to stand at the stove and stir. Then, when you're done, you have all the yummy proof of your efforts. No fruit is safe, I swear.
A. Kindness. Compassion. A good sense of humor.
A. Apples--but not Granny Smiths please--Yuck!
A. Oh, dear. Now we are in HUGE trouble. Because it is time to reveal that I grew up listening to Classical music and still prefer it to all others. I probably can't even name 5 songs!
A. Charlotte Bronte. Virginia Woolf. Agatha Christie. David Hackett Fischer. Jacqueline Winspear. Jane Austen. C.S. Lewis. J.R.R. Tolkien. Orson Scott Card. China Mieville. Rick Riordan. Laura Ingalls Wilder. Nora Roberts. Lloyd Alexander. R.L.Stine. Edgar Alan Poe. Charles Dickens. Unfair question. How do you expect me to remember them all? Please tell me I can come back and add more later!
A. Jane Eyre. Pride and Prejudice. Collected Plays of Shakespeare (ok, I know I'm cheating, but ...). The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (another cheat). The Little House on the Prairie books, which I adored as a child.
A. Many! I used to re-read the Tolkien trilogy faithfully every couple of years. (The gap is longer, now.) Same thing with Jane Eyre, my favorite book of all time.
A. Go see live theatre, which is incredibly active--all about telling a story with words.
A. That they understand/identify with my characters. To which I say, thank you!