A. College prof, tutor, editorial assistant, waitress, retail sales clerk, administrative assistant, ad lay-out person
A. Being a mystery novelist
A. Morris Hills HS (NJ); Centenary College (NJ), A.A.; Douglass College (Rutgers, NJ), B.A.; Cleveland State University, M.A.; Case Western Reserve University, PhD
A. "The Lives of Others" (Germany, 2006)
A. Beloved family and friends, beautiful words and images
A. Beware of mottoes and maxims
A. For anybody anywhere? This is not prescriptive, but. . . Peace. To this add a sense of safety, place, love, purpose, and worthy work. To that add dogs, cats, songbirds, little kids, and strong coffee.
A. No longer being able to write. And poisonous snakes.
A. Happy where I am, but. . .other possibilities are NYC, England, Italy, Canada
A. No one in history, but among fictional heroes: Jim Dixon from Lucky Jim (my favorite novel)
A. Aung San Suu Kyi
A. Good for you!
A. My rocky first year of college -- I wasted time, money, and opportunities.
A. Being able to play double bass
A. Being the mother of three wonderful daughters
A. I can be moody.
A. Lily Rowan out of the Nero Wolfe series, but only for a couple of weeks, just long enough to go dancing with Archie
A. I think I listen pretty well.
A. Archie Goodwin
A. Diogenes Pendergast
A. Mark Twain, and then I would just see where the conversation goes.
A. Personalities that suck all the air out of a room
A. Reading a great mystery
A. Broadway actress
A. Kindness, honesty, and a sense of humor
A. Seared Ahi tuna salad
A. "Ashokan Farewell," "Fields of Gold," "In the Mood," "As Time Goes By," and "The Sounds of Silence"
A. P.D. James, Robert Goddard, C.J. Sansom, Graham Greene, Edith Wharton, John le Carre, S.J. Rozan, Peter Robinson
A. Lucky Jim (Kingsley Amis) The Third Man (Graham Greene) The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger) A Taste For Death (P.D. James) The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
A. Lucky Jim -- I never tire of the sharp insights and outstanding humor
A. Do the work daily (otherwise it's your hobby), have something to say, and persevere until it feels less like persevering and more like just what you do
A. No one recurring comment