A. Advertising copywriter, waitress.
A. Nauset Regional High School, Eastham, MA, then University of Massachusetts for an undergrad degree in Journalism, and Florida International University for an MFA in Creative Writing.
A. Tom Waits
A. The Graduate
A. Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations
A. Happy to be here. Hoping to stick around.
A. Everything in moderation. Sounds like a snooze, but it served my nonagenarian relatives well.
A. Being on the beach on a balmy evening with a wedge of gooey cheese, a bottle of wine and someone(s) I like, having just learned my book has made it to the bestseller list. And that my mortgage is paid off. And someone has just told me I look too young to have a kid in college.
A. Being afraid. (Not being flip. I mean it.)
A. Nauset Beach.
A. The unsung.
A. My women friends, many of whom are tough broads with big hearts. I admire them.
A. Most overused word: great.
A. I really try to live without regrets I think we should all just accept the past for what it is, and move on.
A. The ability to read in bed without falling asleep. Or better yet, read in my sleep.
A. Raising a good kid, publishing a novel. In that order.
A. I can be hard on myself and others.
A. I'm a good listener and a loyal friend.
A. Beyonce. Hey, you asked.
A. "So, Jesus, are you happy with your spokespeople?"
A. People who complain about the weather.
A. Checking email. Facebook. Messing around in the kitchen.
A. Marine biologist.
A. Equanimity. Integrity. Compassion.
A. Pizza. Of course, I'd change the toppings.
A. Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead), Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen), In the Sun (Joseph Arthur), Imagine (John Lennon), Lightning Crashes (Live)
A. Some longstanding favorites: Collette, Hemingway, Nabokov, Carver, Lawrence. Contemporary favorites include William Trevor, Elizabeth McCracken, Elizabeth Strout, Michael Cunningham, and Johnathan Letham.
A. I like books for so many different reasons and my favorites chanage. But without further explanation: Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov), Motherless Brooklyn (Jonathan Letham), The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway), Sons and Lovers (D.H. Lawrence) and Still Life with Oysters and Lemon (Mark Doty).
A. Tao Te Ching
A. Be open to what others have to say about your work, don't think your sentences are too precious, and never give up.
A. I got your book out of the library.
A. It began in a novel-writing class and eventually became my MFA graduate thesis.