Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Shakespeare. I would say, "Well? Who did it? And can I watch rehearsal?"
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Paying attention to too many thin-- Oh, look, a bird!
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. I really overuse emoticons. And "really." Not in books but in email and tweets.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Thinking about writing. Reading... But I do a lot of things: garden, knit, do altered photography, make jewelry, sculpt things. I love to repair almost anything and I love going to yard sales. I usually have a basement full of chairs, and I even wrote a poem about reupholstering a chair.