Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Maybe not my biggest but certainly my most frequent is a terror related to inadequate computer backup. I live in fear of losing work.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Ice cream. I come from a long line of ice cream lovers. My grandmother, in her 80s, pretty much gave up on other foods. Her fudge ripple arguments were very persuasive.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Gardening. I like how physical it is. I like how magical it is. Like is much too mild a word.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I'd love to spend a few afternoons having tea with Flannery O'Connor. Hopefully, I'd get off the hook without saying much and she'd talk and talk.