A. newspaper reporter, newspaper copy editor, freelance writer, community college instructor, substitute teacher
A. writing fiction
A. College--Miami University (the one in Ohio, not Florida) high school--Miami Trace High School, Washington Court House, Ohio
A. I have two: Pleasantville, and Steel Magnolias
A. Always so much to think about
A. Awful things happening to people I love
A. Depending on my mood, either 1. Home or 2. Someplace I've never been before
A. Dr. Paul Farmer
A. Suddenly, just, even, and then
A. 1. Hurting other people; 2. Making a fool of myself; 3. Doing things that both hurt others and make me look like a fool
A. I hope it's something that I haven't done yet
A. Thinking that I'm too busy to do things that are actually more important than the things I am busy with
A. Isn't that kind of the point of fiction? Getting to imagine being lots of other people?
A. Writing! Lucky me!
A. Anne Tyler, Margaret Atwood, Barbara Kingsolver, Mary Doria Russell, Neal Shusterman, Cynthia Voigt, Edward Bloor, E.L. Konigsburg and many more
A. I don't think I could possibly narrow my choices down to 5 favorite books, but if I remember right, these were probably my 5 favorite books when I was 12: She, the Adventuress, by Dorothy Crayder From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott