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.
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.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. There's this girl I know who, anytime there's a conversation that goes on for more than five minutes, she has her iPhone out and she's checking mail. Hello? Person here?
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. The talent for acquiring talents. (Talent Acquisition Tooth Fairy says, "Sorry, no fair.") OK, the ability to remember anything I read.