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.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Procrastination. I don't mind it in others, but my own procrastination drives me bonkers.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. At one point I had to go through my manuscript and cut out the word "lovely." I think I'd used it like 133 times or something outrageous like that. What can I say, there are a lot of lovely things in this world.
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.