My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Choose wisely.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. My best quality is being an optimist. Even when things are truly at their worst, I regroup quickly and find ways to move on.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Happiness is that feeling of "yes!" when you're writing a book, and all the pieces suddenly snap into place, and you know the characters and setting and plot from the beginning through the middle to the end, and it is absolutely, perfectly right.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Reference librarian -- I was one, for several years, and I loved learning new things every day.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Aragorn, in The Lord of the Rings, was one of the first heroes I truly admired.