A. I've been a writer all my adult life (aside from waitressing), so..: being a writer, for good and ill
A. Beverly Hills High School and the University of California at Berkeley
A. all three of my GIRLS LIKE US - Carole, Joni and Carly
A. Thelma & Louise
A. Law & Order -- all of them
A. Author, journalist, wife, mom, LA-raised New Yorker
A. Try to write with humanity, understanding but never judging
A. Completing the last sentence of the last paragraph of a book or article whose writing has meant a lot to me but has been hard...and then watching my favorite TV show with my fellow-author husband and getting a phone call from our son about his new professional triumph; then walking outside to one of the meadows I've created at our country home. And being grateful to be alive and making it through in the creative life I chose for myself.
A. This is too negative a question to answer. Another 9/11?
A. I'm SO not a traveler, this question is wasted on provincial me.
A. Yikes! I never thought about it.
A. Pat Tillman, except he's dead. He gave up huge money to serve his country and he died needlessly.
A. poignant, suffused, iconic, vulnerable -- and lots of m-dashes -- -- -- --
A. Not buying a certain loft on Broadway in 1978
A. singing and playing the piano -- I tried and failed
A. Having a son, Jonathan Kelly, who is beyond terrific (but I don't take credit for it; he gets the credit)
A. being intrusive, being impatient sometimes (hello, customer service person from Bagelore) to the point of rudeness, wanting compliments
A. I try to help people (making connectionsm etc.) and I'm pro-active
A. waelthy enough to start a foundation
A. Abraham, from the Bible. "You started it all. And you got up and left where you were born. I understand that."
A. pretentious culturati, name-droppers, and people who talk very slowly
A. clearing woods and turning them into meadows or watching Law & Order on TV
A. being a singer-songwriter, like my GIRLS
A. honesty about oneself, compassion, a great and unique sense of humor
A. that's easy! a spicy tuna handroll with avocado and lots of spicy sauce
A. Laura Nyro: "Timer," Joni Mitchell: "Both Sides Now" (as sung by Judy Collins), Carly Simon, "Like a River," Carole King, "Up on the Roof," Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, "It's All Right"
A. There are too many wonderful current authors, so many of whom I admire. Too hard to choose. So much good writing going on!
A. Alice Adams, "Listening to Billie" Joyce Johnson, "Minor Characters" Taylor Branch's Martin Luther King trilogy Maya Angelou, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" certain John Updike stories
A. many, depending on what I'm writing. See the above.
A. Keep at it. Learn from criticism from smart, experienced people who don't have agendas. Do a lot of research. Remember: Writers block WILL pass!
A. either (1) I couldn't put it down or (2) her sentences are absurdly long