A. I worked in politics for fifteen years as an event planner, development person, field director, lobbyist, and executive director of advocacy organizations.
A. I love doing event planning for very large political events.
A. I went to UNC-Chapel Hill.
A. No idea! I like classic rock, but I have a lot of favorites.
A. The Empire Strikes Back is the one that changed my life.
A. Sanctuary! It's the most fascinating show on tv! And Amanda Tapping is utterly amazing.
A. unconventional, interesting, happy, balanced, focused, enjoyable, creative, loving
A. Dare to do it!
A. Knowing you are doing exactly the thing you are supposed to be doing right then in that particular moment, being entirely in the moment and perfectly on.
A. Regretting things I didn't have the courage to try.
A. Sitting in a cafe in Paris watching people go by.
A. Is it cheating to say Cleopatra's handmaiden Charmian? Since I wrote a book about her?
A. I admire Hillary Clinton enormously.
A. "like" "totally" and "awesome!" I sometimes talk like a Valley Girl!
A. Not having served as active duty Air Force.
A. I would love to be able to sing! Instead I'm utterly tone deaf.
A. Doing good, solid work in politics for a critical decade, and writing twelve books in six years.
A. I'm too modest. (Heh.) Er, rather the opposite actually. Pride.
A. Generosity and courage.
A. I talk. A lot!
A. Oh so many! Indiana Jones is the one I'd probably get along with best in real life. Or John Sheppard from Stargate Atlantis.
A. Erik Lehnsherr from X Men, especially as played by Ian McKellen!
A. I love to garden.
A. Space pirate!
A. Courage, loyalty, inventiveness
A. Ice cream
A. That changes all the time! Right now I'm listening to Edge of Glory by Lady GaGa, Devils and Dust by Bruce Springsteen, After Two Thousand Years by Billy Joel, Because the Night by Patti Smith, and Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones. Those are the top five on my playlist.
A. Mary Renault, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Judith Tarr, Jean Auel, Colleen McCullough, Jacqueline Carey, and of course Melissa Scott.
A. The Persian Boy by Mary RenaultWatership Down by Richard AdamsThe Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer BradleyKushiel's Dart by Jacqueline CareyTales of the South Pacific by James Mitchener
A. I think I've read The Persian Boy about forty times!
A. Don't take a class!
A. That they've read my book over and over and each time find something new in it.