A. Totally thrilled to finally be living my dream!
A. Karma is a boomerang. (One of my characters said it first!)
A. Perfectly fleeting.
A. That I’m still a bartender and I can’t remember where this drink should go. Oh, wait, that's the recurring nightmare.
A. Exactly where I am.
A. P.T. Barnum. I’m a direct descendant, and by the way, he did not say, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” He said, “There’s a customer born every minute.” I have updated that to, “There’s a reader born every minute.”
A. It’s a three-way tie between my husband and two kids. Aww.
A. My literary agent once told me it was Aww. I think she actually called it a verbal tic. That’s the kind of agent you want to have.
A. Who has time?
A. I’d love to be a songwriter. I used to teach the Aerosmith kids, and right around the time my first novel came out, I had this great conversation with Steven Tyler. He wanted to know how I could write a whole novel, and I said that if I could say it in a song, I wouldn’t have to.
A. Helping my two kids grow into people I both admire and want to hang out with.
A. I can’t do anything halfway.
A. I can’t do anything halfway. And if that’s cheating, I would say kindness.
A. For me, the gift of midlife is that I’m finally being exactly who I really am. There’s great power in that.
A. People always say my laugh. They also often tell me I laugh just like one of my characters, which I think is interesting.
A. Nancy Drew
A. I always skip the scary pages.
A. I always skip the historical questions, too.
A. Mean people
A. Walking the beach.
A. Being a novelist. It’s the career I almost didn’t have, and nine books in, it still feels like a fantasy.
A. Humor, honesty, kindness.
A. Trader Joe’s organic popcorn with olive oil.
A. I never play favorites. I just can’t. I’d feel too sorry for the songs I didn’t pick.
A. The ones who've been nice to me!
A. The ones I haven't written yet.
A. I'd love to reread every book I've cared about enough to keep. Someday!!
A. Read everything you can get your hands on; you can't be a writer unless you're an avid, joyful reader - and check out the writing page at ClaireCook.com!
A. OMG, you're writing my life.