Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. That's like asking what's on your iPod. Gigs of music are on mine, and I change favorites all the time. If I'm writing at home, I usually play something that will help me focus on the emotion of the scene.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Shakespeare, because I've written so much about him.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. My family and children. They are their own greatest achievement, but my greatest happiness.
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?"