My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Life is what you make it.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Overcoming the mental and physical challenges surrounding a horseback riding accident I had when I was 17, in which I broke my back in two places and my pelvis in four.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Letting pain get to me.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Hiking, swimming, drawing.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Being too scared to do a semester abroad in college. I made up for it in graduate school and in my professional life, when I traveled frequently throughout Africa and elsewhere.