Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Dog training, good food, teaching, a husband -- juggling!
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Show up.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Watching a good dog work scent on a crisp fall day in North Carolina, with no humidity, no fences, no mosquitoes or ticks, nowhere to be except in the field, and no expectation of perfection.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Getting the facts wrong, and I do believe in facts.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. In a good local restaurant, with my husband having a bourbon neat, and me a nice Italian minerally white.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Mother Jones
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Too many to name
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Sweetie, could you...
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not having a passel of children to teach my bad habits to.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I'd like to learn to juggle hot coffee and two German shepherds without scarring
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Learning a bit of patience
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Neurotic whining
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. That I'm aware when I'm whining, and try to stop.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. A small river
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Pippi Longstocking
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Watching good dog trainers train dogs
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Dog trainer
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Honesty, integrity, humor
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Popovers with rosemary and melted butter
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Baby Beluga, Imagine,