A. I’m writing this interview while on an airplane, so if we’re talking RIGHT NOW, I’d like to be home in bed. But in general, the place I’d most love to visit is New Zealand. But I’m worried I might never come home.
A. I don’t 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, don’t reach for other people’s 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.
A. When people name their pet peeves and it turns out to be something that I do.
A. I tend to get wrapped up in my own head and not notice things and people around me. If I’m really involved in what I’m doing, I forget things people say in about half a second. It’s great for focus, but sometimes it comes across as thoughtlessness, and I wonder if I’m being a jerk.