Author Revealed

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. satisfying, peaceful, nostalgic, nourished, rooted, funky, funny, well-photographed!

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Live and let live.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I'm not sure there is such a thing. Striving for perfection leaves you frustrated most of the time. Happiness is doing the best job you can and knowing that it has been well-received by others.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. High places, dark roads

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Venice, Italy or Oaxaca, Mexico

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Nelson Mandela

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I'm tired.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not moving to western Massachusetts sooner

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Painting or ballroom dancing

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Impatience

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Loyalty to my friends.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. A well-loved dog.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My loud laugh.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Spike

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Waiting for people who are late.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Reading, taking photographs, walking the dog

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Ballroom dancer

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty, loyalty, kindness

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. pizza

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Hard Love (Bob Franke), When I Was a Boy (Dar Williams), Arrow (Cheryl Wheeler), Galileo (Indigo Girls), The Poet Game (Greg Brown)

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Brock Cole J.D. Salinger Gabriel Garcia-Marquez Grace Paley Jane Smiley M.T. Anderson Marilynne Robinson Nick Hornby Gregory Maguire Ann Patchett Virginia Euwer Wolff and many more...

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Celine by Brock Cole Feed by M.T. Anderson Little Disturbances of Man by Grace Paley One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. All of the above favorites!

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Read everything you can; write every day, don't lose hope.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. The comment most often made is that they want to sequel to whatever book they like most.

Q. How did you come to write Parrotfish?

A. I wrote Parrotfish after meeting my daughter's good friend, Toby, who was transgendered. It seemed to me this was a subject most teens had probably never thought about, but one that would be of interest to them. It was interesting to me too! I asked Toby to help me understand the emotions he'd dealt with in the process of coming out as trans--he was an enormous help to me in writing the book.

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