Love and War in India
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. remember to breathe
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. It's either writing a novel or raising children. Both incredibly difficult and equally rewarding
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. To wear the world like a loose garment.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Nothing. It was all necessary.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Maybe Alfred Hitchcock. Like me, he was a late bloomer and a little odd
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