A. Contemplative, quiet, surrounded by beauty in many forms
A. Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
A. A quiet mind.
A. Fear itself.
A. I’m already there.
A. Change the word "identify" to admire, and the answer is Rachel Carson, author of THE SEA AROUND US and SILENT SPRING. She was a scientist who courageously wrote about her wonder for the natural world and warned what damage humans were doing to it.
A. Honestly, I admire anyone whose words and actions yield peace and compassion.
A. “For the record.”
A. I have no regrets. There are points in my life where I could have chosen different paths, but then I wouldn’t be where I am now.
A. To speak and read many languages.
A. A long-term loving relationship with a wonderful man.
A. Perfectionism. (But it has its merits at times…)
A. I’m a good listener.
A. A tree, one that lives to be ancient.
A. I’m short.
A. Perhaps they aren’t heroes, but I’d pick Meg from A WRINKLE IN TIME and Peter Lake from WINTER’S TALE.
A. I don’t have one.
A. C.G. Jung. I’d like to talk to him about what it was like to ponder the psyche so deeply and not go completely mad in the process.
A. Drivers who don’t use turn signals. I’m sorely tempted to blare my horn when I witness concurrent cell phone usage.
A. Cooking, gardening, toy making.
A. Honesty, trustworthiness, compassion, and a sense of humor (okay, so that’s four)
A. Ginger-miso sauce with vegetables, rice, and cashews
A. My top five at the moment…..Jig of Life by Kate Bush---Achilles’ Last Stand by Led Zeppelin---Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye---Alleluia, Behold the Bridegroom by Anonymous--- The Wild Wild Sea by Sting
A. In rotation at the moment….Margaret Atwood, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mark Helprin, Valerie Martin, and Marion Woodman.
A. This is the top five I’ll report today….To Kill a Mockingbird---Winter’s Tale---The Ogre---A Wrinkle in Time---Catfish and Mandala.
A. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD finds its way to my nightstand every few years. I still wonder what the world would be like if it had more people like Atticus Finch.
A. Believe in yourself and the story that wants to be told.
A. How much they connected with specific characters or with the circumstances of the characters’ lives. I suppose that means there’s a ring of truth in the novel.
A. In the early 1990s, I worked for a management consulting firm with a team of 20 men. One day, a teammate pressured me to get a presentation ready for him early. I turned to him and said, “If you don’t stop bugging me, when I die, I’ll come back and poltergeist you.” He looked at me like I was crazy (but he did leave me alone), and I wondered what it would be like to be an entity that goes around wreaking havoc. What an interesting novel that would make…. I did nothing with the idea for years, until I decided to start writing again in my late 20s. I took a short story writing class and needed to come up with something for my first assignment. I returned to that idea. However, within a matter of days, Razi’s character came into being, and the story took shape in a way I didn’t intend or expect. I began my research on the south in the 1920s and Razi’s progressive interests. The other core characters--Andrew, Twolly, Amy, Scott, and Chloe--all made their appearances in the short story. And I knew all along it was supposed to be a novel. Although I never thought I’d write a book like The Mercy of Thin Air, I guess it was destined to get written. It always had a peculiar volition.