A. teacher, counselor, waitress, janitor, babysitter, papergirl, tutor, secretary, dispenser of unwanted advice
A. Writing. No competition.
A. Graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts and New York University.
A. Come on, seriously? OK. Empire Strikes Back at the Dangerous Liaisons of Apocalypse Now in LA...Confidential.
A. Twin Peaks. No, Arrested Development. No, Twin Peaks. Wait—The Wire.
A. loving living writing striving planning adjusting laughing changing
A. Everything is falling into place...until it isn't. Then just wing it.
A. Yikes, that's a tough one. William Faulkner, for sure. Margaret Atwood has to be up there. Jeanette Winterson never disappoints. Tom Robbins reminds me of college. William Shakespeare is beautifully bawdy. Joan Didion. Right now, I'm into Lee Child. Nora Ephron delights on so many levels and in so many different literary forms.However, if I have to choose just one all-time favorite author, that would have to be my husband, Joseph D'Agnese.
A. First of all, I reserve the right to completely change this list at any time. As with most creative works, the impact of these books has as much to do with who I was when I read them as it does with the works themselves. Books are like rivers—you can never step into the same one twice. That said, when I've dipped back into these, they still hold up.Are You There God? It's Me, MargaretBrave New WorldLord Of the RingsAs I Lay Dying/Light in August (I cheated!)The Water is Wide
A. No. I feel too guilty and stressed about all the ones I have yet to read a first time.
A. Get through your first draft as quickly as you feasibly can without rereading and without judging your work—or yourself