A. Stage manager, propmistress, receptionist, communications director, editor, teacher, music promoter, freelance arts journalist & theater critic.
A. Writing novels, of course! I also loved being involved in any aspect of theater production -- directing, costuming, buildings sets, props...
A. Mayo High School -- Rochester MN; Saint Olaf College--Northfield MN; University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.
A. Irish button accordion master Paddy O'Brien -- I'm not biased at all.
A. Tie between two Alfred Hitchcock films, "Rear Window," and "Notorious."
A. "Slings and Arrows," a Canadian series about a Shakespeare festival theater.
A. Dreaming, digging, reading, scribbling, and revising, revising, revising!
A. How do you know you can't do something until you actually try?
A. Those fleeting moments when the words on the page begin to come together and take on a life of their own. Those moments are rare, but there's no feeling like it in all the world.
A. I'm actually rather claustrophobic about being underwater.
A. In West Clare, with a turf fire in the grate and a steady rain on the roof.
A. Eleanor Roosevelt.
A. Well, I write suspense, so naturally the answer to this question has to be: "Suddenly..."
A. You mean, apart from starting this questionnaire? Not sticking with playing an instrument, probably.
A. It's a tie between being funny and playing the fiddle.
A. Actually finding my way to the end of three novels... so far!
A. Too indecisive? No, wait... Probably perfectionism.
A. A fierce devotion to laughter.
A. A beautiful, pale green carpet of sphagnum moss.
A. Unbridled enthusiasm -- which is why I tend to blather on about subjects that fascinate me.
A. It's a tie between Sherlock Holmes and Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
A. Richard III.
A. Oscar Wilde --but I'm sure I'd be speechless.
A. Wastefulness -- well, that, and lazy language and bad grammar. Don't get me started on the misuse of apostrophes.
A. Reading, cooking, listening to music.
A. Theater director.
A. Integrity, creativity, empathy.
A. Mountain Lion Colorado peaches.
A. A. S. Byatt, P. D. James, Martin Cruz Smith, Minette Walters, Ruth Rendell, John Fowles, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Michael Frayn, Brian Friel, August Wilson, William Shakespeare, Seamus Heaney
A. Possession, by A. S. Byatt East of Eden, by John Steinbeck War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare Without Feathers by Woody Allen Theophilus North, by Thornton Wilder
A. Not really. Somehow, I seem to keep going forward... But I enjoy dipping back into Shakespeare, Austen, and Dickens any time.
A. Figure out what you most fear as a writer, and try to do THAT.
A. "Your characters and setting seemed so real." Followed by: "Why do your characters have to swear so much?" It's all quite amusing to me, because I believe the two are almost directly proportionate.