Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. An odd mix of creative/bohemian and suburban.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Dignity is over-rated.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
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.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Being helpless and alone.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. I'm pretty content here, thanks! But I'd love to explore Greece.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. I don't know with whom I most identify, but I admire Simone de Beauvoir, Coco Chanel and Rosa Parks.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. I'm impressed by strong, smart, capable women. Oprah Winfrey comes to mind. Chrstiane Amanpour. Diane Sawyer. Ann Curry. And many more!
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Um, I probably shouldn't repeat those here. LOL.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not learning several other languages.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I'd learn to dance--really well.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Completing my first novel. And the second one, which was even harder.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. My fear of technology, which often paralyzes me. Stupid, because most technology is really cool! So I need to get over this.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I always try to "be there" when my friends or family need me.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I'd be a great story, shared by millions of readers.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. My twisted sense of humor.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Thomas Crown (technically a movie hero). Or Jamie from Outlander.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
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!
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
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.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Stupid drivers, people who are constantly late and uncomfortable shoes--even though I own about a hundred pairs of these.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Reading, hanging out with friends, cooking/entertaining.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. I'd be an artist--which is a laugh since I can't draw a stick dog.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Kindness. Integrity. Loyalty.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Bagels and cream cheese.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
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.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
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.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
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.
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. The Last Convertible by Anton Myrer.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Read everything you can and write through the doubt and fear--don't give up.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. When will your next book be out?