A. I was briefly a secretary and hated every minute of it.
A. Writing (and rewriting; and re-rewriting)
A. Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, where I majored in English
A. Bach; Mozart; Lang Lang--he's a very cool pianist
A. Any foreign film with subtitles
A. Evening news and weather; otherwise, I don't watch TV (I'd rather be reading)
A. seriously funny, focused, fruitful, fanciful, fascinated, fortunate
A. Do it right the first time, or maybe the second or third.
A. I can't keep up with all the books I haven't read and want to read, so I never read the same book twice.
A. Learn to accept criticism of your work; it's the only way to grow.
A. "You've turned me on to history!" I disliked history when I was young, and I'm happy when I can make it exciting for today's young readers.