Love and War in India
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. remember to breathe
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 do you regret most?
A. Nothing. It was all necessary.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I'm friendly? How would I know what other people notice.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. In a clean well-lighted place working on my next novel
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