A. high school supply teacher, bank teller, case-aide worker, seller of towels and men's socks
A. Writing novels
A. Forest Hill Collegiate and the University of Toronto, both in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
A. My older daughter, Shannon Micol.
A. the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers
A. Dexter, the Mentalist, Brothers and Sisters
A. happy, fulfilling, interesting, hectic, loving, daughter-centric, amazing.
A. Be kind.
A. Perfect happiness is knowing that everyone I love is healthy, safe, and content.
A. Exactly where I am at the moment - Palm Beach, Florida. Although Paris is always a close second.
A. No one really. I've always been hopelessly stuck in the present.
A. My husband.
A. Give me a break. Assorted swear words.
A. That I didn't get more time with my mother, that I'm not always as kind or patient as I should be.
A. I'd love to be able to really sing. I'd also have loved to be a great ballet dancer.
A. My 35 year marriage, my two daughters, and my 21 books.
A. I have very limited patience and I'm very quick-tempered.
A. I'm very generous and loyal. And funny.
A. I'm very happy being me, although sometimes I'd love to be a bird so that I could fly.
A. I always say what's on my mind. No need to second guess with me..
A. Nathan Zuckerman.
A. Golda Meir. I'd ask her if she could see any way out of the mess in the Mideast.
A. Bad weather.
A. Playing golf.
A. Golf pro, ballet dancer, singer.
A. Kindness, intelligence, sense of humor.
A. Birthday cake
A. "I would give thing I own; Yesterday, when I was Young; If you go away; Non, Je ne regret de rien; Little Girl Blue
A. Philip Roth Carl Hiaasen Joan Didion
A. The Prince of Tides Play it as it Lays American Pastoral The Ghost Writer Patrimony
A. I rarely reread books. There are too many new ones out there.
A. Read, read, read.
A. I couldn't put your book down.
A. I got the idea for this really interesting character - Charley - and then the rest of her rather offbeat family began developing. Then I looked for an interesting situation to put them in. Since most of my books deal with women trying to find themselves, I thought it would be interesting to have Charley's path to self-discovery unfold while trying to understand the truth about someone else, in this case a deeply disturbed young woman who is, in many respects, her fun-house mirror opposite. I also wanted to deal with the theme of nature versus nurture.