A. A writer in an advertising agency.
A. This author stuff is pretty cool.
A. Trumbull High School and The University of Connecticut (go Huskies)
A. The Eels
A. I can only name one?! Casablanca.
A. The Daily Show
A. Busy, rich, lucky, happy, hectic, rewarding and busy.
A. I think I have a new motto every day.
A. I'm with my family in a boat on a beautiful lake in New Hampshire on a hot summer day.
A. Letting the world know what my biggest fear is.
A. Some exotic place I've never been before.
A. I am married to a remarkable woman.
A. Oh no, if I tell you you'll start looking for them.
A. Giving up guitar lessons when I was a kid.
A. Either speaking lots of languages or playing lots of instruments.
A. Three pretty awesome kids.
A. I get distracted. Oh look, a bug.
A. Hopefully my imagination.
A. Stephen Maturin from the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey-Maturin novels.
A. Always loved Dracula!
A. People who are rude to waiters
A. I also do some cartooning. Lots of fun.
A. I believe I'm doing that. If I need a new one, I think it's making movies.
A. A sense of humor, a good heart, a curious mind
A. Do I have to be logical? A salad with chicken would keep me healthy. If I don't have to be logical, warm chocolate chip cookies.
A. This list is in constant flux! Wake Up by Arcade Fire, You Were Right by Badly Drawn Boy, String Bean Jean by Belle and Sebastian, Billy Liar by The Decemberists, Charmed Life by The Divine Comedy.
A. My favorite is Patrick O'Brian, author of the wonderful Aubrey-Maturin adventures about the British Navy during the 1800s. I also enjoy Steven Pressfield, Carl Hiassen, Elmore Leonard and many others.
A. In my youth: Dracula The Lord of the Rings All Jules Verne Later: The Killer Angels The Shadow of the Wind Watchmen
A. Too many new books out there, but I do plan to revisit Patrick O'Brian's sea adventures.
A. Your first draft is never ever your final draft.
A. I can see exactly what you're writing about!
A. Sometimes ideas come from other ideas. When I was writing my second fantasy-adventure novel, The Brave Apprentice, I dropped a name into one scene for a character you never met: A fellow named Umber who kept histories of monstrous creatures. That planted the seed for the book I would start years later, about an exuberant explorer and inventor named Umber who is one of the two heroes of the new "Books of Umber: Happenstance Found."