Love and War in India
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. remember to breathe
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Tom Ripley—a sociopath with touching vulnerabilities. He is so terrifyingly human.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. How horrible! But if I had to choose, I guess really really good brick oven pizza. Can I at least get different toppings?
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Impatience with stupid people
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. not writing well
November 20, 2008Two questions have been asked about my novel, The Book of Unholy Mischief. First: Isn’t your book, like most novels, just a thinly veiled autobiography?
Since The Book of Unholy Mischief is about a chef’s apprentice in Renaissance Venice I naturally reply, “How the heck did you know?” My father is an Italian chef. Beyond that, well, that’s why we call it fiction.
The second question is: Why did you set the story in Venice?
Mysterious, romantic Venice possesses a certain ramshackle opulence. But the thing that made Venice perfect for this story is that... see more