A. I've been a waitress, retail clerk, tutor and community college teacher. I've worked for a newspaper, in the music industry and in the financial district in San Francisco. I've worked for a small publisher and spent unpaid intern hours on a mobile broadcasting truck. I've seen a few jobs in my day.
A. Writing, of course! Anything involving writing. I also very much loved tutoring and the collaborative aspects of teaching (grading, not so much).
A. I went to Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Arizona, Arizona State University for my undergrad, and Mills College in Oakland, CA for my graduate degree.
A. I just can't choose favorites!! I'd have to say, though, Paul Simon is a genius. He writes phenomenal stories and sets them to beautiful music.
A. Again with the favorites! Two movies I will always and forever love: The Shining and The Princess Bride. This may be the only time you'll ever see those two movies listed in the same context.
A. Soooooo many to choose from. My current favorite is probably The Walking Dead, but I'm a sucker for Project Runway, too. Never mind I can barely stitch a button to a shirt.
A. Exactly how I'd hoped it'd be: never dull
A. The day I stop learning is the day I throw in the towel.
A. Honestly, my weekends rock. I love reconnecting with my family over the breakfast table, sipping some of that famous Seattle coffee and watching my toddler bang away on his high chair as we plan out our day. That's happiness right there.
A. For some reason, I have a real phobia about rolling down a hill backward in a car. No idea where that came from, but it made driving in San Francisco a challenge.
A. In front of a fireplace reading!
A. From recent history, probably my grandma.
A. I'm proud to say the people I admire most in life are those closest to me - my husband, my son, my family, my friends.
A. I say "Like" and "You Know" far too often. I'm from the valley.
A. I'm not really a "regret" kind of person, but I do hope to travel internationally, and I hope to do a lot of it! It's something I really feel like I'm missing.
A. For someone whose mom is an artist, I can't draw a straight line. I'd love to learn to draw or paint.
A. Corny as it sounds, I'm really proud of my little family unit. Oh, and publishing a book is tops on the list, too!
A. There are a lot to choose from, and that's not false modesty speaking. I am supremely stubborn, and sometimes it takes me too long to really listen.
A. I'm a pretty compassionate gal.
A. Sometimes I watch my cats and think they've got it all figured out.
A. I'm not the only person in the world to wear glasses, and certainly not the only writer, but I'm, like, always wearing them. I tried contact lenses once and hated them. So I do everything in glasses. I once ran a marathon in glasses. It wasn't pretty, but at least I could see.
A. I love it when the line between hero and villain, good and bad, and evil and what-the? is blurry. The fawn from Pan's Labyrinth is a perfect example. I was suspicious until the end, and even then I wasn't quite sure. I love that!
A. I guess that's the same answer as my favorite hero!
A. I suppose I'd love to meet Holden Caulfield, and I'd tell him it gets better, and that what he's feeling isn't imagined.
A. I could care less what your age, gender, occupation or whatever is in life ... just hold the door open for the person behind you. It's polite.
A. I love to read (of course), and I love movies. And eating. And traveling.
A. I sometimes dream I'm a librarian. I love the smell of a library.
A. I think I'd have to say integrity, compassion, and a sense of humor.
A. I like to say that I could eat nachos until the cows came home. And when they came home, I'd feed the cows nachos.
A. Oh, yeah, I can't narrow it down to five. Why don't I pick 5 artists instead? Anything by Paul Simon, Radiohead, Jack White, Ryan Adams, The Killers, Cyndi Lauper, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Flaming Lips ... Whoops! More than 5!
A. So many!! Lorrie Moore, Michael Chabon, Yiyun Li, Victor LaValle, Nina LaCour, Bernard Malamud, Kathryn Reiss, Mary Karr, Tobias Wolff, Charlotte Bronte, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King ... I could go on and on.
A. Impossible. That's an impossible question. I'm going to list some, but this is by no means a definitive list!CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, JANE EYRE, ANAGRAMS, THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION, THE LIARS' CLUB, THIS BOY'S LIFE, THE SHINING, THE FIXER.
A. Lorrie Moore's short story collection BIRDS OF AMERICA. I could return to that time and again. And anything by Edgar Allan Poe.
A. A mentor of mine, Victor LaValle, once said "Write like they don't understand your genius." That feels more powerful every day.
A. "Your first book is a horror novel? But you seem so ... normal."