A. Played bass in a R&R band (3 months), founded and taught in a "free school" (1 yr); First job was page in the Bryant Library, Roslyn; Teletype operator, Dispatch clerk for the phone company, when there was only one phone company; Office Coordinator for Personnel Agency; Data entry position morphed to Database Manager, Systems Analyst for law firm (now defunct) in asbestos litigation.
A. I prefer writing.
A. Roslyn Public Schools, Roslyn, NY; University of Wisconsin, Madison (1 semester); SUNY Stony Brook, Bachelors in English
A. J.S. Bach
A. The Dead (John Huston)
A. 49ers Football, SF Giants baseball; guilty pleasure is Dr. Drew's Celebrity Rehab
A. One damn thing after another
A. This too shall pass
A. My idea of bliss: after a good day's work, I go outside and feed the koi in our ponds, then settle down in the hammock with a good cigar and a great book.
A. I have a phobia about dead critters.
A. Oddly enough, I'm happy right where I am.
A. Pete Seegar
A. "it occurred to him/her"
A. Any and all acts of unkindness
A. I wish I was a much better musician.
A. I'd have liked to have been a professional athlete and/or musician.
A. I don't suffer fools gladly.
A. My current favorite is Lee Child's Jack Reacher
A. Heep! Heep! Heep!
A. I'd love to have met Charles Dickens. But I wouldn't be the one doing the talking, I'd be the one doing the listening.
A. Poker players who misread their hands and win anyway.
A. My weekly Tuesday night poker game.
A. How about playing for the San Francisco Giants—any position.
A. Kindness, patience, perseverance
A. Tuna fish sandwiches
A. Now that's a hard one. Easier to pick some favorite albums (a term that dates me, I'm afraid): Graceland, Van Morrison and the Chieftains, Exiles on Main Street, Bach's Suites for Cello Solo
A. Dickens, Fitzgerald, King
A. David Copperfield The Great Gatsby The Deptford Trilogy War and Peace The Stand
A. I read War and Peace every 10 yrs or so.
A. First: finish your novel!
A. (Since the comments are all positive, modesty forbids.)
A. Several years ago, I had one of those spells of inspiration where a character just grabs the pen (or in my case, takes over the keyboard) and starts writing. Nearly a hundred pages later, I had an extended first-person narrative which appears in Boys as the life story of Luke Sweet, but had no idea how to turn it into a book. So I put Luke's story aside and wrote When She Was Bad. And by the time I'd finished that book, my subconscious had figured out how to combine Luke's story with another plot I was working on, and The Boys From Santa Cruz was the result.