A. Journalist and Advertising Account Supervisor
A. Novelist! If you aren't doing what you truly love, you're wasting time!
A. "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" and "Bullets Over Broadway".
A. It will soon be "Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives" on ABC (based on my novel!)
A. Happy, healthy, supported by wonderful family and friends.
A. You create your own destiny.
A. Watching the sun set in the Pacific, from any part of the California coast, with my husband at my side.
A. Heights. Fire. Water. You name it. I'm a 'fraidy cat!
A. Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, into San Francisco, from Marin County. To me, that says "adventure"...
A. Audrey Hepburn. I think every woman would want to have been her.
A. Barack Obama. He will define our generation.
A. Cool. Okay, now that I write this, from now on I'll use "cold" in its place...
A. You REALLY don't want to know!
A. Genius (without the downside...whatever THAT is...)
A. my family: my husband, Martin, and our two children: Austin and Anna.
A. I am OCD!
A. I'm a great friend -- once you've earned my trust.
A. No matter how much we fantasize about the celebrated and the historical, one has had a perfect life. I would hate to have another's tragedies, or make their mistakes for them. But those mistakes molded their destinies. that said, I appreciate the life I have, and hope I'm living it to its fullest.
A. My sense of humor (or so I've heard)/
A. For a heroine, Scarlett O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND. For a hero, Jonathan Pine in THE NIGHT MANAGER.
A. Undine Spragg in CUSTOM OF THE COUNTRY
A. I would have loved to have met Mark Twain. I'd ask him if I could hang out with him. His life period fascinates me, and I would have loved to have lived in the West when he did.
A. bigotry of any kind. Some people hate others for their chocie of religion, their color, their size. If we were all blind--and couldn't see those around us, would we still find a reason to hate another?
A. Cinephile. I LOVE movies!
A. I would have loved to have tried my hand at film editing.
A. Trust, compasson, honesty.
A. Ha! The portobello raviolis from Trader Joe's (Do'h! Now the secret is OUT...)
A. Rachmananoff's Prelude in C# Minor; Mad World, from Donnie Darko; Variety Pack (Andree Belle); The One I Could Have Been with You (Rita Abrams); Piano Man (Billy Joel)
A. Margaret Mitchell, Edith Wharton, Charles Dickens, Graham Greene, John Le Carre, Martin Cruz Smith, and Kathryn Stockett. Quite an array, eh? I love to mix it up!
A. GONE WITH THE WIND, THE NIGHT MANAGER, Anything by Martin Cruz Smith, AGE OF INNOCENCE, CUSTOM OF THE COUNTRY, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, DAVID COPPERFIELD
A. Yes. GONE WITH THE WIND. I've read it 22 times, 15 times prior to the age of fifteen. It is now so seeped into my consciousness that I can just look at any page in the book and hear it in my head.
A. When asked, I always say "Last author standing." By that, I mean if you persist -- in crafting a great story, in getting an agent, in researching the right editors for your book, then promoting your book when they are on the shelf --- you will have a career as an author.
A. "I couldn't put your book down! I wish it hadn't ended." Like music to my ears. It's why I love to plot: so that my stories come alive.
A. I wanted to write a "fish out of water" book. One plot that struck my fancy was that of a Master of the Universe who decides to change direction and become a stay-at-home dad. For most overachievers, the usual reason for doing so is widowhood -- very dramatic! -- or, as of lately, a layoff at work . . . But I thought a more interesting catalyst could be spousal desertion. And certainly ego: Harry, the jilted husband is out to prove that a father can also be a great "mother" to his children. This was always planned to be a woman's story. In fact, it is told in first person, from the perspective of a neighbor, Lyssa, who is watching the implosion of this planned community's "perfect couple." To her dismay, their breakup is providing titillating fodder for her social set. Her goal is to make sure that this new stay-at-home dad doesn't get lost in the Siberbia. Through the process, Lyssa comes to realize that there are many parallels between her marriage and his.