Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Hello goodbye I do I don't no yes
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. There is no creativity without memory.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Dogs everywhere!
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. On a big white boat in the middle of the South Atlantic.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. edge, pale, luminous, float, murmur, blurred
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not saying the words
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Being optimistic like my older sister
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Closing the door
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Ask Esteban
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. A tall young man in a suit walking down Wall Street carrying a gym bag. Would like to know what that feels like.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Atticus Finch, the quiet father from To Kill a Mockingbird
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Rebecca, the beautiful dead wife from Daphne du Maurier's delicious novel
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I would like to meet Nero and ask him about his mother.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. When people say: 1. Everything happens for a reason 2. What goes around, comes around
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Sitting in a red velvet seat watching a New York City Ballet performance of Serenade.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. I am the caretaker of a decrepid villa on the Adriatic Sea.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. smoked almonds
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. O Mio Babbino Caro, I Love the Way You Lie, We Three Kings of Orient Are, Rains Down in Africa, Forever Young
On Books and Writing
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Anna Karenina, Sophie's Choice, Farewell to Arms, Bonjour Tristesse
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. The Great Gatsby. I used to love it and then I didn't like it. And then I loved it again.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Talk less and write more. Especially don't talk before it's hatched. But that's just me.