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Author Revealed

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Love, Loss, Family, Books, Creativity, Fun, Travel, Food

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Never take no for an answer

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. A day at our coast house:  rain or shine—it’s got everything:  love, peace, happiness, food, simplicity, beauty, a hammock, and lots of books…

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Last year I would have said "swimming in the ocean waves." But 2009 was my year to tackle it...I did great, and now I'm onto surfing! (or at least trying...)

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Where I am...in my yard, my puppy sleeping in a square of sunshine by my side.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Such a hard question! There are so many people I am in awe of--it's the everyday bravery that particularly captures my heart.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Enormous" and "Actually;" I've been accused of describing things as "the best" or "the worst"--but I've never been much of a middle-grounder.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not being more confident when I was younger.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. To fly! If we're being realistic, I wouldn't mind singing or racecar driving.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I think I'm very lucky in my capacity to deeply love--I have some amazingly rewarding relationships because of it.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I don't really think this way. I just like to be the best I'm capable of.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I can talk to anyone about anything, and really enjoy it!

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. The last guy standing in The Underbelly series--not the real life villian Carl Williams, but the character the actor portrays...it's priceless.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People who talk on mobile phones really loud in public

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I'm living it!

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. sourdough bread

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Lorrie Moore Dorothy Templeton John Cheever Sue Miller Susanna Moore J.M. Coetzee Ernest Hemingway Jane Austen The Brontes Adele Parks Sophie Kinsella

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. I read several books a week, and tend to go through phases of being in love with a few at a time...currently, I'd say Like Life, by Lorrie Moore White Oleander, by Janet Fitch The Razor's Edge, by Somerset Maugham What She Saw, by Lucinda Rosenfeld She's Come Undone, by Wally Lamb

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Anywhere but Here by Mona Simpson and Birds of America by Lorrie Moore

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Read as much as you can and set a regular routine for writing--and stick with it!

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