A. Waitress, mushroom picker, magazine editor, Dress For Success program manager
A. Victoria Park High School, and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, both in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town
A. My husband, Bob Morley
A. The English Patient
A. Downton Abbey
A. Being content with what is, worries set aside, and the assurance that love triumphs.
A. A hurt that heaven can't heal.
A. Around a kitchen table meeting family members for the first time.
A. Any anonymous peasant girl will do.
A. My husband
A. Ag shame - a South African colloquialism that can be applied to a wide spectrum of regrettable circumstances, from a terrible tragedy to a cup of tea gone cold.
A. I didn't act on the inner voice calling me to send my birth mother a letter. Instead, by the time I did write to her, she had passed away.
A. Playing the piano.
A. Raising a tenderhearted, generous-spirited girl in the age of self-promotion.
A. The tendency to wait for the other shoe to drop.
A. A character in a James Herriot novel.
A. A willingness to listen.
A. The tree in Shel Siverstein's, "The Giving Tree."
A. Miss Havisham
A. I'd like to spend an afternoon with Emily Dickinson talking about writing, religion, philosophy, love and inspiration.
A. Receiving forwarded emails that are fear-mongering rants by people who believe if they read something on the internet, it must be true.
A. Painting watercolor portraits. And doodling.
A. Wildlife photographer and conservationist/pirate.
A. Wit, loyalty, and genuineness
A. California rolls and miso soup
A. The Great Storm is Over (by my husband, Bob Morley), Glory Bound (Wailing Jennys), Sugarman (Rodriguez), Thing of Beauty (Hothouse Flowers), and Seventeen (Janis Ian)
A. Cormac McCarthy, Tim O'Brien, Elizabeth Strout, Alexandra Fuller, Athol Fugard, Richard Russo, Alan Paton, Bill Bryson, C.S. Lewis and Anne Lamott are a few in a really long list.
A. The Crossing - Cormac McCarthyThe Things They Carried - Tim O'BrienThe Power of One - Bryce CourtenayMy Traitor's Heart - Rian MalanThe Gospel of Luke
A. When my daughter was little, I could get away with re-reading "The House at Pooh Corner."
A. Be careful of the dream-killers -- you'll know them because they'll talk about book publishing using statistics and the word, "realistically." Run for the hills. Everything is possible, so dream big.
A. "But you're so happy; how can you write such dark material?"