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. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I'm friendly? How would I know what other people notice.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. American Pie, Il Partiro, The Boy in The Bubble, I Will Survive, Fly on The Wall
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?
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