A. Book store employee, typist, legal secretary, assistant for field trips to Alaska, computer programmer, IT manager
A. When I worked in a book store I got to come in at 4am and restock the shelves. It was heaven to putter through all those books by myself!
A. Cedar Falls High School (Iowa), The University of Iowa, Middlebury College (Vermont), The University of Vermont
A. It's not possible in this day and age to have a favorite! Van Morrison, Dave Matthews, Phish, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Ani DiFranco, U2.....
A. Local Hero
A. umm- that's tough, we don't get any TV reception.
A. Controlled chaos in a log cabin in Vermont.
A. Life is too short.
A. A long beach to walk in the warm the sun and a stack of good books when I get back.
A. Falling down stairs. (I published a story about that once trying to exorcise my demons.)
A. Anywhere, as long as it's on a warm sunny beach.
A. No one person, but a whole host who go quietly about doing what must be done. My heros are school bus drivers, day care providers, and anyone who does the right thing.
A. Per my son: "Where are my glasses?"
A. Not being able to live in a book.
A. Piano virtuoso!
A. Quitting my safe secure career to do what I've wanted to do for years---write!
A. I would be a cat curled up in front of a woodstove. A cat who could read, of course.
A. I'm very shy and awkward. Guess that's why I hide in books!
A. Boris Badenov-- "the world's greatest no-goodnik."
A. I would like to meet my maternal great-mother Sophie Egemo who came across from Norway. She raised 4 girls and 4 boys and never learned much English. I want to know about her life in Norway (I know she skiied to school) and why she left, and what she thought about this new country.
A. The ubiquity of cell phones. Let's improve the quality of communication, not the quantity!
A. Rock guitarist (no, I can't play more than a few chords, that's why it's a FANTASY!)
A. Honesty, gentleness, and humor
A. Again, these changes rapidly, but today's hit parade is: "I Forgot that Love Existed" by Van Morrison, "Two Step" by Dave Matthews, "My Favorite Mistake" by Sheryl Crow, "As Is" by Ani DiFranco, "It's a Beautiful Day" by U2
A. I read across all genres and age groups so there are too many to list, but here a few writers I trust so much that I will buy their latest without knowing anything other than the fact they've written it: Michael Chabon, Eoin Colfer, Joan Didion, Cornelia Funke, William Gibson, Tom Robbins, Fay Weldon
A. Hmm, the list shifts in time, but this week's are: Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg, Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge, Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon, Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, Moby Dick by Herman Melville
A. Gift from the Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
A. The only secret to writing is writing, so get to it.
A. When are you going to write a sequel to Sand Dollar Summer?
A. My kids were at an age where materialism seemed to get really competitive (the clothes labels, the expensive camps, the birthday party bashes) and I wanted to write a story about someone who could have everything they wanted, the point being, of course, that things don't make you happy. I didn't want it to be too preachy, and I wanted to have fun writing it (and I did have a great deal of fun).