A. I've pretty much always been a writer, in one form or another.
A. The one I have.
A. I went to Lake Washington High in Kirkland, Washington, and graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Washington in Seattle.
A. Waaaay too many musicians to love to have a favorite. Music is second to books in my household.
A. Every home movie of my kids when they were small and squeeky-voiced.
A. Hmm - I watch only about three different things. The Travel Channel, the Food Network, and (this is embarrassing), 48 Hours Mystery. I sort of love 48 Hours Mystery.
A. Rich and endlessly surprising (wait, that's only four).
A. "Knowledge is power."
A. A good book, a pool, a cold drink on a sunny day, with my loved ones cheerfully occupied nearby.
A. That my children will be hurt or harmed. That, and squirrels.
A. One of the villages of the Cinque Terre in Italy, with my feet in the sea.
A. Henry the VIII (kidding), More like a twisted combination of Casper the Friendly Ghost, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and Virginia Woolf, minus the mental illness.
A. Anyone who has the guts to pursue what they are passionate about.
A. "Oh *&#!" and "Damn it, where is it?!!" and "Get out of there!" (That's to the dog). Also, "Love you," and "Hey sweetie" and "Give it a go, you never know" and "Drive carefully" (see question #5). "You won't believe what happened" is being used a lot lately. So is "Oh, I'm a lucky woman." If the backspace key were a word, that would be in there, too.
A. Letting bad people into my life, and letting them stay there much too long.
A. To play the piano with the kind of dramatic, flying fingers you see in the movies.
A. Raising two amazing, interesting, interested, good hearted and good humored people.
A. Impatience - with the fates, and occasionally with others.
A. Myself, ten years ago. With the insight I have now.
A. I wear my niceness on my sleeve.
A. Ramona the Pest
A. Jay Gatsby - hero/villain and ultimate bad boy.
A. I'd like to meet Michelangelo, though conversation would be a problem unless he's been studying English in his spare time Up There. How about I just watch him work instead?
A. People talking loudly in the library. I also hate it when someone picks up a book I'm in the middle of and starts reading and perusing. It's like cutting in between a happily dancing couple. I'm very clutchy about my books.
A. Surgeon (ha). Reading, of course.
A. To be the owner of an antiquarian bookstore. One of those stuffed, dusty ones you see that never actually seem to be open for business.
A. Integrity, good humor, compassion.
A. Sourdough bread and butter
A. That's as impossible as choosing my five favorite books.
A. Flannery O'Connor, Hemingway, John Cheever, Richard Ford, Charles Baxter, Richard Russo, Anne Tyler, Barbara Kingsolver, oh man, how much room do we have?
A. I KNEW this was coming!!! I hate this question. Impossible! All right, but only because I'm forced. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Farewell to Arms. The Sports Writer. Flannery O'Connor's Collected Stories. Frog and Toad Are Friends. The DSMIII. Okay, that's six.
A. Hop On Pop (not really). Actually, I'm not much of a re-reader - there's still too much out there I can't wait to get to.
A. If it's who you are, you'll make it happen.
A. Mostly, I hear professions of love for a book, followed by, "It was so REAL." Love right back at those readers!!!!