A. "When you give up your dreams, you die." I learned that when I saw the movie Flashdance at age 12 and took it to heart.
A. The feeling that I'm accomplishing something.
A. At my desk, happy with what I'm writing
A. "that's genius" "I'm so stressed"
A. To be a better writer
A. I haven't achieved it yet
A. Maggie Lunel of Mistral's Daughter
A. I've had many occupations, and if I liked any one aside from writing, I'd be doing that instead. Because writing is hard!
A. intelligence, sense of humor, directness
A. chocolate chip cookies
A. Right now I'm obsessing over "Too Close" by Alex Clare. All-time favorites include "Violet" by Hole, Lithium by Nirvana, Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Troy by Sinead O'Connor
A. Judith Krantz, Jackie Collins, Anne Rice, and Susan Howatch
A. Mistral's Daughter by Judith KrantzThe Witching Hour by Anne RiceThe Wheel of Fortune by Susan HowatchChances by Jackie CollinsScruples by Judith Krantz
A. The Wheel of Fortune by Susan Howatch. It's a perfect novel. I named my daughter after one of the characters.
A. Be aware of the marketplace, but don't let it overwhelm your artistic choices
A. Your male characters are a**holes