A. satisfying, peaceful, nostalgic, nourished, rooted, funky, funny, well-photographed!
A. Live and let live.
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.
A. High places, dark roads
A. Venice, Italy or Oaxaca, Mexico
A. Nelson Mandela
A. I'm tired.
A. Not moving to western Massachusetts sooner
A. Painting or ballroom dancing
A. Loyalty to my friends.
A. A well-loved dog.
A. My loud laugh.
A. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
A. Waiting for people who are late.
A. Reading, taking photographs, walking the dog
A. Ballroom dancer
A. Honesty, loyalty, kindness
A. Hard Love (Bob Franke), When I Was a Boy (Dar Williams), Arrow (Cheryl Wheeler), Galileo (Indigo Girls), The Poet Game (Greg Brown)
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...
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
A. All of the above favorites!
A. Read everything you can; write every day, don't lose hope.
A. The comment most often made is that they want to sequel to whatever book they like most.
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.