A. Big Boy waitress, door-to-door canvasser, camp counselor way too many times, drama instructor, graduate student, horseback riding teacher.
A. This one! Sort of. I miss working outside.
A. I went to Wyoming High School, which is a small public school in Cincinnati, and I went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Then I went to Miami University in Ohio for my master's degree.
A. It's too embarrassing to write. Okay, fine: Notting Hill. There, I said it.
A. Anything with a Real Housewife in it. That and the new Upstairs, Downstairs. Why did they make only three??
A. Pretty idyllic, except for my own neurotic self.
A. Drink a lot of coffee.
A. Screen doors, half-finished magazines, ceiling fans, open windows, distant lawn mowers, strawberries and cream, the scent of pine needles during a nap.
A. Dying either of cancer or in an airplane crash. Can't decide which is worse.
A. My house, but without a screaming toddler in it.
A. "He turned." "She turned." People are always turning around in my books! Stop turning, people! You'll get dizzy.
A. Getting married and having a baby. Just kidding. But wouldn't it be disturbing if I really meant it? Seriously, not traveling around more after college.
A. Dancing! I have a serious dancing deficit, but inside me, there's a secret Jennifer Beals waiting to get out.
A. Not crying during that car commercial where the dad watches his teenage daughter drive off for the first time.
A. I'm still not over high school.
A. I can make this really awesome baked good called lebkuchen, whch is kind of like gingerbread but better.
A. I am a LOUD TALKER.
A. Humbert Humbert from Lolita. Is he really a villian? That's one of the many reasons I love that book.
A. Toothpaste in the sink.
A. I used to teach horseback riding. I miss it every day.
A. It used to be novelist, but some of the gloss is gone from that one. Now ballet dancer has moved up to the top spot.
A. Skyline Chili 5-Way. I hope you know what I'm talking about and if you're a Cincinnatian, you do.
A. How much time do you have? Nabokov, Somerset Maugham, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, Mary Karr, Annie Proulx, Jane Smiley, Thomas Hardy, Anne Tyler, Margaret Atwood, Curtis Sittenfeld, William Styron, Salinger, Judith Guest make the short list. When I was growing up, it was all Beverly Cleary, John Bellairs, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Lois Lowry and Judy Blume.
A. Lolita in the top spot, then A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley, then Jane Eyre, Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham and Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood.
A. I reread my favorites constantly, but every year, I read Jane Eyre around my son's birthday, because that's the book I took with me to the hospital when I had him.
A. I can only quote the extremely wise person (not me), who said that writing is the art of pasting yourself to the seat of a chair.