A. Magazine production manager, freelance writer, college editorial assistant, marketing writer, technical writer, manager of interactive writers, director of design services, creative director of interactive media.
A. The one I do every morning before the day job - historical novelist
A. High schools: Memorial High School, Cedar Grove, NJ; Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Midreshet Sde Bokar, Israel - College: Tel Aviv University
A. Edvard Grieg (because of his Piano Concerto in A Minor)
A. Currently? Mad Men. Previously? West Wing.
A. 4:30am novelist, 9-5 day job, forever mom
A. Fie upon this quiet life. I want work!
A. Those rare moments when everyone important in my life is thriving.
A. Death by inches
A. London. Of course, it would be a better trip if I could go back in time, too.
A. Queen Elizabeth I.
A. Jon Stewart - for his wit and courage
A. It used to be not being published. I'll have to find something new to regret. Or not!
A. Singing! In tune!
A. My two sons.
A. I don't do confrontation.
A. The Dark Lady. I’d love to know who I am. And sleeping with Shakespeare would be quite a bonus.
A. I’m the quiet one.
A. Shirley Keeldar, Charlotte Bronte's little known heroine, in her novel Shirley. Charlotte explained that her model was her sister, Emily - but that Shirley was what Emily might have become, had she had wealth and privilege.
A. Dr. Doom.
A. How can you ask a historical novelist that question and expect her to come back with just one character? I’d want to meet everyone I’ve ever put into one of my novels, from William Shakespeare and the boy apprentices to Meir of Rothenberg to King Nebuchadnezzar and the prophet Ezekiel. What would I say to them? “Did this really happen the way I imagined it?”
A. That I don’t have a metabolism appropriate to my appetite.
A. Talking to someone who loves what I love.
A. Writer-in-residence at a high school or college
A. Loyalty, compassion, follow-through.
A. That’s a sick, sick question.
A. “Greensleeves,” “American Pie,” “The Shoop Shoop Song,” “Save the Best for Last,” “Short Skirt Long Jacket”
A. Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, J.D. Salinger, George Elliott, Anne Tyler, Phillipa Gregory, Maeve Binchy (I’m nothing if not eclectic)
A. Only 5? I’ll have to limit the Jane Austen’s, then… Persuasion, Middlemarch, Franny & Zooey, Desiree, Shakespeare’s First Folio
A. Only one? 84, Charing Cross Road. And many, many more.
A. My agent gave me the best bit of advice when we were looking for publishers, which applies to agents, too: “it only takes one.”
A. My mother always told me that her family could trace its roots back to the 1200s, but I never delved into that statement. Then, when I was considering writing about another person in the family, I stumbled across a reference to Meir of Rothenberg in book that contained my mother’s extended family tree. Intrigued, I did what any 21st Century historical novelist would do with a 13th Century ancestor – I googled him. When I uncovered his amazing story, I knew it was a novel I had to write.