A. Teacher of Japanese and English.
A. Being an author is the best job in the world.
A. For high school, I went to a small boarding school that was the motherhouse of the Franciscan nuns. I began college at Northwestern U then moved to NJ and studied Japanese at Seton Hall U. where I graduated and got my MA.
A. Debussy is my favorite composer. My favorite music artist is Otis Redding.
A. This changes all the time. My fav movie of 2012 was Life of Pi.
A. I love The Big Bang Theory. Maybe because my husband is a brilliant geek I get all the jokes. It is very smart writing.
A. An ever changing whirlwind with moments of serenity.
A. You can make a difference.
A. Being outdoors in a beautiful, serene setting--the ocean, my garden, the river--and being completely present in the moment.
A. Other than not meeting my deadline? It would have to be someone I love being injured.
A. At the moment...in Okinawa visiting my son in the Marines.
A. Eliza Lucas Pinckney, she ran 3 plantations in a time when women were second class citizens, devised a profitable method of growing indigo, And all while being a lady and a mother. Amazing woman.
A. My husband, Markus.
A. Turlte something. I'm always talking about my sea turtles...
A. Most? Lost opportunities for kindness. Daily? I tend to get lost in my work and I regret making friends and family mad that I don't answer my phone...
A. I'd love to dance ballet again....or sing opera!
A. My children.
A. Best? I don't know...but I think the fact that I genuinely love people and animals makes me a better person.
A. For better or for worse, I'll just be me.
A. I'm a hugger. I can't stop myself... I come from a family of huggers.
A. Kate, my heroine from Time is a River. She's strong, independent, a naturalist, and an ace fly fisher. This character spoke so clearly in my mind. I want to be her when i grow up.
A. Hannibal Lecter. He still scares me silly.
A. Mr. Darcy. At a ball. He'd ask me to dance and I'd say a haughty yes.
A. I get sea sick and I can't whistle. That's tough for someone who loves to be out on the water and wishes she could make bird calls!
A. Being a volunteer for sea turtles and dolphins.
A. I study and read a great deal because I love learning, but if I had a great chunk of time--and a better brain, perhaps-- I'd be a PhD in marine biology.
A. Integirty, honesty, kindness.
A. Reverie and Clair de Lune (Claude Debussy), One Fine Day (Madame Butterfly), Lela, Try a Little Tenderness,
A. Only five? Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck, Rosamunde Pilcher, Pat Conroy, Murasaki Shikibu.
A. Great Expectations, East of Eden, The Shell Seekers, Prince of Tides, The Tales of Genji.
A. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher.
A. Don't stop--keep writing and edit later.
A. "I feel like I can see your story, like I'm there."