My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. remember to breathe
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. A great writer
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Seriously. I mean that's the word: Seriously. I'm not kidding. Seriously, I use seriously way too much. I'm serious.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Robinson Crusoe. Love a resourceful man.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Tom Ripley—a sociopath with touching vulnerabilities. He is so terrifyingly human.
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