A. On a windy cliff overlooking the Pacific.
A. Honesty, curiosity, wit.
A. Messy toothpaste tubes and being too close to people on public transit or in the gym.
A Conversation with Robin Romm, author of The Mother Garden
1. Even though the stories could be considered magically real, your characters are very realistic. Were any of them or the episodes in The Mother Garden inspired by people or events in your own life?
Yes and no. My mother was ill for a long time and she died before the book came out. So the backdrop—death looming over everyone—is certainly real for me. Most of the...