A. If you're not busy being born, you're busy dying, to paraphrase Bob Dylan
A. Defying the "common wisdom" that you can't make a living in the arts by quitting a "forever"-secure, well-paid journalism job to write fiction full time.
A. Not grabbing the chance I'd won at 21 to go to New York and get the job Anne Hathaway's character had in "The Devil Wears Prada." As the only child of a widowed Midwestern mother I heeded her fears, not my heart. After seeing the movie . . . maybe she was right.
A. After writing and cats, my favorite thing is water, so I'd be on a tropical beach listening to Jimmy Buffet.
A. My writing has allowed me to "be" any gender and species from a cat to a queen to a counter-terrorist to an albino vampire. I wouldn't trade my multi-personalities for any one state, but if I was a tree, Barbara, I'd be a Hollywood Twist.