A. For ten years I was a Harlequin romance novel editor. I've also been the editor of the New Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley, about 9 year old twin detectives ("we'll solve any crime by dinner time!" and Sweet Valley University (Jessica and Elizabeth DID graduate from Sweet Valley High).
A. The current one--author. But I did love working in an office, complete with gossipy coworkers and holiday parties and politics. And BENEFITS.
A. High school in New Jersey. College in Connecticut.
A. Impossible. I love music.
A. Annie Hall. I've seen it at least fifty times, and my heart still leaps at the opening black and white credits.
A. Anything smart-funny
A. Optimistic single-mother writing, reading, observing in lovely Maine.
A. Just Do It. (It was mine before Nike's.)
A. Right now, I find it in little things: listening to my seven-year-old son read to me; meeting a friend for coffee; writing a sentence that makes me proud; eating good Indian food; driving down a rural Maine road on a sunny day with good music and lots of farms and grazing cows and horses as beautiful scenery.
A. It's unspeakable.
A. In the Vatican museum, showing my son the frescoes.
A. Still thinking about this one...
A. Barack Obama
A. You can do it (not that that's a bad bunch of words to overuse.)
A. Everything I've done has led me to where I am now, which is a pretty good place to be, so I can't regret anything.
A. To play any instrument and make lovely music. I also wish I could knit (really knit).
A. Typing The End on the last page of my the first novel I wrote. (And it became my debut!)
A. How oddly introverted I actually am.
A. I gotta stick with myself.
A. That I march to a slightly different drummer.
A. Anne with an E from Anne of Green Gables. She taught me as a girl that imagination could take you places.
A. I am not a goody-two-shoes, I swear. But I hate villains, even the fun ones.
A. I would say a big thanks to Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and fellow suffragists. How amazing were they?
A. When people talk loudly on cell phones.
A. Rolling down grassy hills with my seven-year old son. Impossible to do without smiling.
A. Olympic gymnast (though I suppose that's not a professsion).
A. Kindness. Taking responsibility. Humor.
A. I want to sound more sophisticated, but a toasted onion bagel with good cream cheese and smoked salmon.
A. Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits); Let's Get It On (Marvin Gaye); Helpless (Neil Young); Hold On (Sarah McLachlan); Over The Rainbow (Judy Garland)
A. Anne Tyler, Elinor Lipman, Richard Russo, Terry McMillan, Anne Lamott, Marian Keyes, Maeve Binchy, Pam Houston, Sarah Dessen, and I love all the contemporary women's fiction being published these days.
A. Anne of Green Gables A Tree Grows in Brooklyn To Kill A Mockingbird Wuthering Heights Bridget Jones Diary
A. Birds of America by Lorrie Moore. Have read each story at least 20 times. Brilliance.
A. Believe in yourself.
A. "I relate."