A. Waitress, receptionist at alcohol rehab hospital, docket clerk at law firm, bartender, college adminstrator.
A. Self-employed writer supported by professor husband's salary.
A. Youngstown, Ohio. Ursuline Academy. Oxford, Ohio, Miami University. University of Chicago.
A. Bruce Springsteen.
A. The Piano.
A. The Wire.
A. Family. Friends. Food. Fiction. Forgetting. Fobias. Farmeceuticals. Foster's.
A. Faith, like a guillotine. As heavy. As light. Franz Kafka.
A. Hearing from a reader who says s/he loved my book. Drinks and dinner with my favorite people. Losing myself in my writing. Having someone tell me they liked what I cooked. Painting, reading, laughing. Losing myself in a movie.
A. I'm afraid to tell you, because then it might happen.
A. Right here, but I'd be able to live within walking distance of my favorite people, the beach, and a pub.
A. Charles Darwin, whose best friend published prolifically, while Mr. Darwin laid on a couch most of the day, complaining that his head hurt.
A. My parents. Sappy answer but they have lived extraordinary lives of generosity, gregarity, intellectual rigor and grace under fire.
A. Awesome. Starving! Thirsty! Where did I put my Kloniphen? What's that noise? I'm sorry. I'm lost.
A. Being mean to people when I didn't even realize I was doing it. Not staying up with my brother on our last night together. The time I spend being anxious, hungry, lonely or angry.
A. Reviews of movies and books that spoil the ending
A. sense of humor, open-mindedness, kindness
A. Pasta Marinara
A. Thunder Road, Blue Bayou, Losing My Religion, Ave Maria, Maggie May
A. Dennis Lehane, John Le Carre, Virginia Woolf. Kaye Gibbons. Wallace Stegner. William Styron. Doris Lessing. Mary Doria Russell. Alice McDermott. Mary Gordon. Elizabeth George. Jane Austen. Charlotte Bronte. Charles Dickens. Ken Follett. Pat Conroy. Toni Morrisson. Tolstoy. Garcia Marquez. Mario Vargas Llosa. James Lee Burke.
A. These change constantly, but as of today: The Constant Gardener, (John Le Carre). Push,( by Sapphire). Aunt Julia and The Script Writer (Mario Vargas Llosa.) The Sparrow (Mary Doria Russell) Beloved (Toni Morrison.
A. I don't reread books, at least not on purpose. Sometimes I'm halfway through something before I realize I already read it, and usually I can't remember the ending, so I will have to finish it again. Suspense is important to me.
A. Write one bad page every day.
A. I couldn't put your book down.