Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Oh, man... Hamlet. Miles Vorkosigan. Any of Jane Austen's heroines.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. Me, only better. More focused, more organized, more loving, more able to Just Say No to More Books. Failing that, when I grow up I would like to be a well-fed cat in the sunlight.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Moi, je ne regrette rien.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. On the beach in Gaipu, in northeastern Brazil, barefoot in the sand, drinking coconut water through a straw and listening to a street singer.