A. Many, many things. But let's just say that I could sell you an outfit, make you a sandwich, and help you balance your checkbook if I needed to stock the pantry and pay the light bill.
A. Writing, but I was only ever miserable in life insurance.
A. Did you see the film 'Remember the Titans'? That was my high school.
A. Again with the favorites. Right now I like 'The Walking Dead'. And football. And Formula 1 racing.
A. I've had my coffee. Let's see what happens.
A. You teach people how to treat you.
A. All the usual stuff in the Technicolor of my rabid imagination. Specifically, I'm a bit claustrophobic.
A. Briefly in a few people's heads.
A. The missing link. I'm fairly certain there's a contingent of people who believe I don't exist.
A. I say "actually" too much. And a few four letter words. It's easier to edit (and censor) myself on the page.
A. I would love to be able to sing beautifully. As it is, I sing very quietly.
A. I talk too much.
A. I mostly make sense.
A. A fly on the wall...
A. Ticking clocks or any rhythmic repetitive sound.
A. Ha! Being a writer. I'm feeling massively pleased and grateful just about now.
A. Humor, intelligence, kindness.
A. Peanut butter on gala apples.
A. So many. As you'll see, I have trouble naming 'favorites' in any category, from ice cream flavors to world cities. There are things I like and things I don't. It's too vast to rank any of them in order. That said, here are some authors I love, listed at random as I scan the pile of books I'm about to move. My tastes are all over the place. Here we go - Graeme Cameron (you don't know him yet), Stephen King, Barbara Kingsolver, Jeffrey Eugenides, Gregory Maguire, Tana French, George Orwell, Martin Amis, Allen Drury, Kazuo Ishiguro, Wally Lamb, Anne Rice, Anita Diamant, Joseph Heller, Walter Wangerin, Jr., Jeremy Clarkson, Terri Cheney, Michael Pollan... I can't see any more books from where I sit. There are others, for sure...
A. Impossible question. 'Favorite' is not a word I play with. My brain doesn't work that way. But I can tell you five novels I love - in no particular order: In the Woods, by Tana French The Gunseller, by Hugh Laurie The Book of the Dun Cow, by Walter Wangerin, Jr. The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver The Stand, by Stephen King
A. When I am grumpy, I reread the first few pages of THE GUNSELLER, by Hugh Laurie. You should too. And then go ahead and read the rest. It has the distinction of being the only book I've ever bought five times. I keep buying a copy to keep for myself, and then I end up giving it to someone I think has to read it.
A. The waiting is the hardest part, but that's when you get better at this. Keep working and finding smart, tough critics. Wait, that's two sentences. Hell, now it's four.