A. I sat on the other side of the desk -- I was a book editor for fifteen years. Also, wine seller, and office manager..
A. Editor, absolutely. If the writing hadn't started to take over my life, I'd still be riding that side of the desk.
A. Everyone who knows me will say "Springsteen." But I have an eclectic music collection, and don't really play favorites.
A. Impossible. Too many to choose, and it all depends on my mood.
A. right now, it's Leverage. Great writing, great cast. After that, Criminal Minds, for the same reasons only with more 'eeep' factor.
A. Organized chaos, by preference. Exhausting, but never boring.
A. "Write what you know" means learn more, not write less.
A. I'm not sure I believe in 'perfect' happiness, since the awareness of being happy also requires the knowledge that there is UNhappiness, and.. okay, being too philosophical, I know. Perfect happiness for me, I guess, is that moment when you turn to share something -- a joke, a sight, a thought -- with someone, and they're right there, ready for the adventure, whatever it is. The moment of discovery, and being able to share it.
A. you mean, other than making an idiot out of myself? Sharks. And roller coasters. I admit it, I'm a wuss. But I'll happily go snorkeling, while I wouldn't get on a roller coaster if you paid me.
A. My parents. Sappy, but true.
A. I go through phases, because once I realize I'm over-using something I try to delete it from my vocabulary. Right now it's "Seriously?"
A. Oh, I would so love to be able to draw. I can see it all in my head, but . I can barely draw a straight line with a ruler.
A. I think getting up every morning is the most amazing thing any of us do. We know what's out there, and yet we keep going. Some days, admittedly, it's more difficult than others...
A. Impatience, probably.
A. oh, that's tougher to answer. Curiosity, maybe.
A. In my next life, I want to be a housecat. Naps all the time!
A. I'm told that it's my evil laugh.
A. Sleeping! Okay, no, travel, really. I love going somewhere new, trying to see the world differently.
A. Photographer. I mourn the slow demise of the darkroom in the age of digital photos; there was something very soothing about the process of turning negatives into finished photos.
A. The ability to laugh at oneself as needed, a desire to learn, and the strength to be gentle.
A. oh, that's a terrible, terrible thing to ask a foodie!
A. A Fine and Private Place, Peter S Beagle Busman's Honeymoon, Dorothy L Sayers The Wolf's Hour, Robert McCammon The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King Taran Wanderer, Lloyd Alexander
A. I tend not to reread books, because there's always something new to discover, but Dorothy Sayers is a comfort grab for me -- there's no mood so bleak or cold so bad that Lord Peter and Bunter can't make it right.
A. You're an artist when you're writing, a businessperson the rest of the time.
A. Oh, that’s one of those “you’re not going to believe this” stories. I was on the phone with my agent and fellow foodie/wine nerd one day, talking about a food expo we wanted to go to that weekend, and we finally decided the ticket price was too high. “It needs to be a work deduction, somehow,” I said. “So,” my agent said, “write me a food or wine based fantasy.” And she meant it as a joke, but when we ended the conversation and I went back to sit at the computer – working on one of the Retriever books -- something clicked. And I grabbed my pad and pen and started jotting notes, and the next day I e-mailed her to say “I know you were kidding, but…”Winemaking has always fascinated me, from my very first trip to the California wine country region back in the early 90’s. The idea of a winemaker as magician… it was completely natural. And the fact that wine is both an intoxicant and a shared social event [we generally drink it with meals, not sitting alone in the dark] made it an interesting thing to base a civilization on.It seemed as though everything—my love of epic fantasy, my interest and experiences with wine, the things I wanted to say, story-wise, at that moment… all came together in what I referred to as ‘the project that ate my brain.”