A. Editorial Assistant at MTV Networks, Reporter at Staten Island Advance
A. This one!
A. Georgetown University (COL 01) and St. Joseph by the Sea on Staten Island (1997)
A. Gershwin and Sondheim are my loves.
A. The Shawshank Redemption
A. Right now, "Lost"
A. A strange mix of unpredictable and uneventful
A. Never do anything out of fear.
A. Comfort in family, comfort in friends, comfort in career, and comfort in pajamas.
A. Burning alive
A. Barack Obama
A. I tend to use the word "moment" a lot; I'll go through a passage looking for it specifically and delete. I also tend to stick "And" at the beginning of a sentence; I try and get rid of those too unless it's completely necessary.
A. Singing. I'm awful.
A. Recognizing and acting on my change of heart about becoming a doctor.
A. I'm too passionate sometimes.
A. I know the value of hard work.
A. I'd like to be a bird. The option to fly at will sounds fantastic. The eating worms part, not so much.
A. Again, my passionate nature betrays me often.
A. Pippi Longstocking and Harry Potter
A. I'm not sure about "favorite," but Mrs. Coulter, Voldemort, Umbridge and Saruman (not so much Sauron) are interesting to me.
A. Is the obvious answer Shakespeare? I think he's pretty much a given. He and Jesus are gimmes. To each of them I'd say, "How?"
A. Lazy grammar and punctuation in e-mails, though I admit to falling prey to this habit often.
A. Journalism and writing are my only two occupations, so if you could separate one from the other I'd say reporting.
A. I have it.
A. Kindness, honesty and compassion.
A. Um, hi, chocolate. I'd be a very happy 600 pounds.
A. Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," Hairspray's "You Can't Stop the Beat," Sondheim's "Finishing the Hat," and the rest are changeable depending on time of day and mood.
A. A non-exhaustive list in no particular order: Contemporary: J.K. Rowling, Michael Chabon, Michael Cunningham, Jennifer Weiner, Dorothy Allison, Cornelia Funke, Frank Rich, Rick Riordan, Malcolm Gladwell, Anthony Sullivan Semi-contemporary and classic: Shakespeare, Edna St. Vincent Millay, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Milton, Walter Kerr, Nancy Milford
A. Gatsby. It never stops offering.
A. Thankfully, that my book helped them relive their time in fandom. To get that comment is a dream come true for me.
A. I'd spent a few years inside the Harry Potter phenomenon when the idea to chronicle it first came to me. I always thought of it as a "one day" project, until I talked about it with my soon-to-be-agent, who told me why that day should be today. Two years and a whole lot of writing later, it was in stores!