A. From the beginning: Shopgirl, Popcorn girl in a theatre, grocery checkout girl, babysitter, costume jewelry salesgirl, single mother, freelance coywriter, commercial illustrator
A. Copywriter because it's writing. But I learned something from all of them.
A. I went to Alvernia High School for young ladies in Chicago. Then to Loyola University and the University of Illinois
A. Andre Bocelli. His voice takes me out of myself
A. Love, Actually
A. The Daily Show
A. one surprise after another after another after another
A. remember to breathe
A. To wear the world like a loose garment.
A. not writing well
A. In a clean well-lighted place working on my next novel
A. Maybe Alfred Hitchcock. Like me, he was a late bloomer and a little odd
A. The Dalai Lama because, well, you know.
A. Seriously. I mean that's the word: Seriously. I'm not kidding. Seriously, I use seriously way too much. I'm serious.
A. Nothing. It was all necessary.
A. Dancing like leaves in the wind
A. It's either writing a novel or raising children. Both incredibly difficult and equally rewarding
A. Impatience with stupid people
A. A great writer
A. I'm friendly? How would I know what other people notice.
A. Robinson Crusoe. Love a resourceful man.
A. Tom Ripley—a sociopath with touching vulnerabilities. He is so terrifyingly human.
A. Buddha. I'd ask him how you find enlightenment WITHOUT leaving your children behind.
A. Ballerina. The swan neck, the stork legs, the breathtaking leaps. Oh, yeah.
A. Intelligence, Integrity and Humor
A. How horrible! But if I had to choose, I guess really really good brick oven pizza. Can I at least get different toppings?
A. American Pie, Il Partiro, The Boy in The Bubble, I Will Survive, Fly on The Wall
A. OMG, there are so many. Those that pop up immediately are Geraldine Brooks, John Steinbeck, Ian McEwan, Tom Wolfe, Peter Mathiessen, A.S. Byatt, Gregory Maguire, Richard Russo, Chris Cleave, Sebastian Faulks, Tolstoy, Isabelle Allende, Kazuo Ishaguro, David Mitchell, William Styron, David Sedaris, Vladimir Nabokov, Barbara Kingsolver...I could go on and on...
A. Of Mice and Men, People of the Book, Sophie's Choice, The Remains of The Day, At Play in The Fields of The Lord
A. Sophie's Choice
A. Keep writing.
A. My readers appear to enjoy my descriptions of places and food
A. I love Venice, my father is an Italian chef, and I like mysteries with something to say. I like juicy books