A. newspaper reporters and editor
A. current one: Telling stories!
A. Cherry Hill HS, Inkster MI and Eastern Michigan U.
A. Cinema Paradiso
A. Easy reading is damn hard writing. -- Nathaniel West
A. Late Fall, sundown, a chill in the air, a sidewalk cafe on Ile Saint Louis, a kir royale, husband and dogs, good health.
A. Phoning it in.
A. George Sand
A. Parents and in-law parents (they're gone but still alive to me)
A. "I'll get to it." It will be on my tombstone.
A. Procrastination, my bete noir
A. Being able to play the piano well.
A. An otter
A. Wish I could say devilish style; will settle for red hair
A. Charlotte the spider
A. Bad manners, especially cell phone screamers and gum smackers
A. intelligence, passion, loyalty
A. Big Louie's pizza
A. "Sweet Virginia" (Stones), "Caravan" (Duke Ellington), "Reason to Believe" (Springsteen), "Caroline No" (Beach Boys) "La Vie en Rose" (Piaf)
A. Joyce Carol Oates Pete Dexter
A. Charlotte's Web Because It Is Bitter and Because It Is My Heart Shogun Lolita
A. Not really...too many uncracked and too little time to go back
A. Learn to take criticism.
A. "When's the next book coming out?"
A. Our childhood vacations were spent "Up North," as Michiganders call it, so we knew we wanted to set a book in the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula. The story began with an image of a bone buries in the fall woods and everything built from there as we discovered characters, locales and clues as we progresses. The best finds came as we researched Native-American history and found the "Hunger Moon." Serenpidity and unplanned discoveries are the best part of writing. You never know where one small thing is going to lead you.