A. Word processor, housekeeper, full-time mom
A. Writing & being a mom are tied.
A. University of Michigan, both in Flint and Ann Arbor.
A. The Fellowship of the Ring
A. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
A. Morbid curiosity changed my life.
A. There are no bad questions.
A. Perfect happiness is having the time and resources to pursue every question.
A. It used to be public speaking. I don't know what's replaced that now.
A. Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
A. Mary Shelley
A. Neil Gaiman
A. I've banned "interesting" from my vocabulary. "No worries" is going to have to follow it shortly.
A. Letting self-doubt slow me down.
A. I'd like to be a better photographer.
A. Other than landing a book at Scribner?
A. I like to sleep.
A. People can tell me anything.
A. I'm pretty happy being myself right now. That's new, so I'm reveling in it.
A. I'm older than most people think.
A. Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
A. I'd like to meet Poe and talk to him about his drinking.
A. People who don't read.
A. Working in my daughter's school library.
A. Curiosity, compassion, creativity.
A. Alice Cooper's Welcome to my Nightmare, Death Cab for Cutie's I Will Follow You into the Dark, The Decemberists' The Hazards of Love (all of it!), The Cars' Dangerous Type, and Samuel Ramey singing Mephistopheles
A. Annie Dillard, Sherwin Nuland, Angela Carter, Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaiman
A. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, How We Die, The Bloody Chamber, Something Wicked This Way Comes, American Gods
A. Everything by Ray Bradbury. Dracula. Lord of the Rings.
A. Write what you want to know.
A. I thought this would be really grim, but it's life-affirming and funny instead.
A. For 10 years, I edited Morbid Curiosity magazine. After I killed it in 2006, there was a huge outpouring of protest. People craved what they'd missed in the earliest out-of-print issues. So I assembled some of my favorites from the whole run of the magazine into this book.