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My Life in 8 Words
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. I donât believe in one-size-fits-all lives. What makes me perfectly happy (spending most of my waking hours in the same house as my husband, squirreled away writing books, surrounded by animals) might drive someone else absolutely nuts.
So I think we all have to figure out what would make us happy and work towards that. Meaning, donât reach for other peopleâs definitions of happiness.
This can take a really long time. It did for me. I was pretty clueless what I wanted to do with my life until I started writing in my mid-twenties. Even then, I went back to grad school because I wanted a backup plan. But eventually I knew that only writing would make me happy.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Itâs SO hard to say, but hereâs what first came to mind: âInside Outâ by Eve 6, âAneurysmâ by Nirvana, âChasing Carsâ by Snow Patrol, âAly Walk with Meâ by the Raveonettes, and âHolidayâ by Green Day.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Not being liked. A close second would be admitting my greatest fear.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Singing. I have a strong voice but am terrible at staying on-key. Which is a really bad combination, because it means Iâm loud and painful.