A. An odd mix of creative/bohemian and suburban.
A. Dignity is over-rated.
A. I don't think that "perfect" happiness exists, but general happiness involves doing what your gut (not other people) tells you to do and giving that your all. And of course the people in your life are important to your happiness. I try to hang out with positive--not toxic--people.
A. Being helpless and alone.
A. I'm pretty content here, thanks! But I'd love to explore Greece.
A. I don't know with whom I most identify, but I admire Simone de Beauvoir, Coco Chanel and Rosa Parks.
A. I'm impressed by strong, smart, capable women. Oprah Winfrey comes to mind. Chrstiane Amanpour. Diane Sawyer. Ann Curry. And many more!
A. Um, I probably shouldn't repeat those here. LOL.
A. Not learning several other languages.
A. I'd learn to dance--really well.
A. Completing my first novel. And the second one, which was even harder.
A. My fear of technology, which often paralyzes me. Stupid, because most technology is really cool! So I need to get over this.
A. I always try to "be there" when my friends or family need me.
A. I'd be a great story, shared by millions of readers.
A. My twisted sense of humor.
A. Thomas Crown (technically a movie hero). Or Jamie from Outlander.
A. There are so many . . . but one of the ones that remains in my mind is the one from Gone Girl (I won't mention the name because it's a spoiler for anyone who hasn't read the book). The character is so brilliant, narcissistic and creepy!
A. I'd meet Dorothy Parker and ask her why she had to make it so hard for the rest of us! What a brilliant, witty, funny writer.
A. Stupid drivers, people who are constantly late and uncomfortable shoes--even though I own about a hundred pairs of these.
A. Reading, hanging out with friends, cooking/entertaining.
A. I'd be an artist--which is a laugh since I can't draw a stick dog.
A. Kindness. Integrity. Loyalty.
A. Bagels and cream cheese.
A. Impossible to answer this! But love all kinds of music, from rock to funk to blues and jazz ... even classical and a little country/western.
A. I read in all genres and have many, many favorite authors. I can't possibly mention them all, but here are some: Historical novels--Philippa Gregory. Women's fiction: M.L. Stedman, Lisa Genova, Karen White, Wendy Wax, Susan Crandall. Romance: Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Karen Hawkins, Eloisa James and thousands more. Mystery: cozy--Deborah Sharp; gritty--Dennis Lehane. Thrillers: Daniel Silva, Lee Childs, Tami Hoag, Sandra Brown. Young Adult: Meg Cabot.
A. This is an impossible question, but here are five books that I really love. The classics: A Tale of Two Cities, A Little Princess, Sense and Sensibility. More contemporary: The Last Convertible by Anton Myrer, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
A. The Last Convertible by Anton Myrer.
A. Read everything you can and write through the doubt and fear--don't give up.
A. When will your next book be out?