Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. imprinting a Monarch butterfly on its Mexican migration
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. breathe, breathe again
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Giving up the notion of perfect happiness.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Being blind.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. where I am in the moment, at ease and not planning an escape.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Those who have been persecuted.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Jane Goodall.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. poignant, ambivalent, frozen
Q. What do you regret most?
A. the list is too long
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. a gift for proficiency in languages
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. the vote isn't in
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. restlessness, missing the big picture
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. sometimes getting the big picture
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. that Monarch butterfly who knows how to get home each time
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. in whose eyes? children, friends, collegues?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Madame Bovary
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Madame Bovary
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Virginia WoolfMrs Woolf, having met you at an impressionable age, you changed my view for a long long time.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. the speed at which we live or try to live
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. walking, talking with dogs, dinner with friends
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. paying attention, generosity, acceptance
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Suzanne, Look to the Rainbow, any Sinatra, Oscar Hammerstein
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Virgginia Woolf, Alice Munro, Thomas Mann, Joan Didion, E.B White,
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Mrs.Dalloway, Transit of Venus, The Year of Magical Thinking, The Magic Mountain head the list...
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Mrs. Dalloway
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Accept the writer's condition : chronic rewriting.