A. I was the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army at the Pentagon and a Foreign Service Officer (diplomat) with the State Department. I am presently an attorney, as well as an author.
A. Being a novelist, of course!
A. Cherokee High School, Marlton, NJ; George Washington University, Washington, DC; Cambridge University, England; University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
A. Mandy Patinkin
A. A tie between The Office and Lost
A. Magical, chaotic, exploding symphony of love and laughter.
A. I'd say that my motto is, to succeed you have to put your muscle behind your passion and push. But if I can also include a maxim, my favorite quote comes from Shakespeare, "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." It reminds me to be open to the vast possibilities of the universe and I find that inspiring.
A. A good morning of writing, a satisfying run, a meal with my family and a nap. To me perfect happiness has nothing to do with possessions or material things, it's all about having the time to do the things I enjoy with the people I love.
A. Fire, lightning, water, flying, I'm not at all brave! I also have a very strange phobia involving patterns...
A. Probably right here, at home, surrounded by family. I have always been split between homebody and world traveller, and right now I think it's a 51/49 percent split in favor of homebody. But there's always a part of me that's dreaming of London, Krakow...
A. "Suddenly." My agent is forever chiding me for overuse of the word "suddenly" in my writing.
A. I don't believe in regrets. But there are certainly times I wish I'd handled a particular situation or interaction differently. And I do wish I had more time, both to get things done and to savor moments.
A. Singing. I have the world's worst singing voice.
A. Right now I would say becoming a published novelist. But can you ask me again after February? (I'm expecting my first child so the answer could change!)
A. I'm very driven and motivated.
A. Myself. I don't think I'd trade.
A. I speak quickly and lots.
A. People who are self-absorbed and/or narrow minded.
A. Does napping count as an occupation? I'm a huge napper, but spending time with family, outlet shopping with my mom, running, and going to Philadelphia Eagles games are also high on the list.
A. Writing children's books/young adult novels. Popular adult novelists are popular, but popular children's authors are deities! I wish I had it in me, but I don't.
A. Loyalty, compassion, integrity.
A. Pasta, either with pesto or my husband's carbonara recipe.
A. Nightswimming by REM, Time of Your Life by Green Day, A Long December by The Counting Crows, See The World by Gomez, Incommunicado by Jimmy Buffet
A. Tracey Chevalier Anita Shreve Pat Conroy Anne Tyler Kate Atkinson ...to name a few!
A. A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helperin Air and Angels by Susan Hill The Winds of War by Herman Wouk Mila 18 by Leon Uris Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
A. Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
A. I believe to succeed as a writer the most important factors are discipline, tenacity and the ability to revise.
A. That my books transport them to another time and place, and make them see people and situations in a new light.