A. Plumber, rock and roll singer, cook, advertising copy writer, marketing and sales person.
A. Writing. Hands down!
A. I went to Cherry Creek High School in Denver. I didn't go to college because I chose to emancipate and begin my adult life at 17.
A. There are far too many to name one. I once revered Bonnie Raitt, and still love her, of course, but I love a lot of music and musicians.
A. Harold and Maude.
A. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. I have a crush, and he makes me laugh.
A. The dream I worked toward all these years.
A. You create your own happy.
A. Being with people I love, eating, drinking, laughing.
A. Loss of those I love, but . . .that's part of life's rich pageant.
A. On a beach. It's my place to reconnect with nature and myself.
A. I don't know about identifying, but my heroes are those who fought for civil rights when I was growing up, whether over race, gender, or other forms of discrimination. Martin Luther King Jr. fills a big place in my soul.
A. My sisters, who've all come through the same difficult childhood and went on to raise their own families.
A. I'm a horrible overuser of "awesome." I know, decades later.
A. I ended a junior high romance really awkwardly. Nuff said.
A. I'd love to be a talented instrumentalist. I've taken lessons, practiced, all to no avail.
A. My 21 year marriage. And having five novels published. Both make me incredibly happy.
A. I live to please. That doesn't always serve me well.
A. I live to please. Sometimes, it works out.
A. I sometimes wish I could be a smoothie maker in a little shack on a beach, but then I get over it.
A. I think it might be my wild-ass hair. I try to tame it, but ...
A. Huck Finn
A. I don't believe I have one. I mean, favorite villain?
A. Martin Luther King, Jr. I'd say, "Thank you for inspiring so many of us."
A. Mean people.
A. Teaching. I love working with kids especially.
A. I'd love to have a preschool. Or a breakfast/lunch restaurant. Or a bed and breakfast in a tropical location. Or . . .
A. Kindness, sincerity, optimism.
A. Vietnamese food.
A. I am incapable of narrowing it to five. Completely at a loss... it changes from day to day, year to year.
A. The ones I grew up with: Mark Twain, Harper Lee, John Steinbeck of course, but also Barbara Kingsolver, Alice Walker, John Irving, Anne Tyler, Louise Erdrich, Julia Alvarez, Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Tom Robbins. And now I know so many really wonderful authors as well, and I love their work. But I can't name names.
A. Huck Finn, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, The Color Purple, Yellow Raft on Blue Water, The World According to Garp. Because they each came to me at a time when I was figuring out life and my place in it, and they each helped me to the next place. And they all made me want to be a writer.
A. Honestly? No. I love to remember them fondly.
A. Learn your craft, speak your truth, and write the best book you can before you ever think of trying to find an agent.
A. Thank you for writing about (topic that is important to them, such as mental illness in families, women and body image, mothers, relationships).