Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. "Awesome." Also, "There's this Martin Amis character who..."
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I'd like to meet Thomas Jefferson. I'd ask him to design and build a house for me to live in.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. When I was 21 I thought I was James Joyce. I even had a girlfriend named Nora. Now, I'm more modest. Let's say... Napoleon.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Reading, sadly.