A. I have been a waitress, a shoe seller, a floral designer, and a copy editor.
A. Agnes Varda's The Gleaners and I. I also love (because I can't pick a favourite) Hitchcock's Rear Window.
A. rich simple, happy sad, hard easy, slow sofast
A. In difficult times, I try to remember to ask myself, How can I make this situation better?
A. Losing my family
A. In the moment. I always have trouble staying there.
A. Lovely and Beautiful. Once I realized this, I changed a sentence in a manuscript from "Uncle William died on a beautiful summer day" to read "Uncle William died on an ordinary summer day." And to my amazement, the ordinary was more beautiful.
A. Letting fear, or a lack of confidence, stop me from doing things I want to do.
A. Perhaps it's more a skill than a talent -- but to speak multiple languages. Not necessarily all at once, but that might be fun too.
A. I sit on the fence (but see my best quality -- the best and worse are usually linked)
A. Compassion, and a willingness, even a need, to see from other perspectives
A. Myself -- or perhaps a bird.
A. I'm small, unlike the Girl Giant
A. I have no favourites (or perhaps many), but I like my heroes to have a ripple of darkness in them as well.
A. And I like my villains to have a ripple of light.
A. I was a floral designer for many years, and I loved it. I like to make things with my hands.
A. Writing is my fantasy profession! But if I could not be a writer, I would be a photographer, or a visual artist.
A. compassion, honesty, humour
A. Too much of one thing is awful to imagine.
A. I don't know about "of all time" and I've never liked to pick favourites of anything, but some books I have absolutely loved include Toni Morrison's Beloved, Carson McCullers' The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, EB White's Charlotte's Web, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, and Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina
A. I always feel there are too many I haven't read to indulge much in that. And too many I have to reread with my daughter, because she loves them so much.
A. Look and listen -- not to other writers so much, but to the people around you, to see how they interact and move through their lives.