Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Jamaican-born woman, activist, writer, performer, New Yorker.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. If we do not speak, who will?
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. A good book- or a good episode of Law & Order, or a good, sad movie. A cold night. Hot tea- maybe a glass of red wine. Someone who is comfortable with both silence and noise. Repeat throughout my life.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Being left; it doesn't get better as I age. Being left sucks.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. At home, with a little person who calls me mummy.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. A long list of women who have struggled with issues of race, sex, class; Zora Neale Hurston, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Nanny of the Maroons, Virginia Woolfe, Nina Simone...the list is endless.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Too many to list. Alice Walker. Dorothy Allison. Frances Goldin. Bell Hooks.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Negotiate. Navigate. Notion. With particiular reference to...
Q. What do you regret most?
A. I regret moments where I have been unkind to people. I try to go back and apologize for those moments when I can.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. To see into hearts.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Remaining sane.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I can be inflexible if I think I am right- which may be too often.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I am forgiving- and quick to apologize.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. A well written book.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I'm argumentative.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Anne of Green Gables, Harry Potter...
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I would ask Harriet Tubman how she managed to keep going- no matter the black-out spells, the dogs they sent, the unwilling and frightened slaves- she kept going. I would want to know how she stayed on course.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Food garbage in my bedroom or office garbage can.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Playing scrabble. I can do that for hours.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. For brief moments I wonder what it would be like to be a waitress on a highway restaurant. I would love the cast of characters I might meet on an average day.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Loyalty, honesty, and kindness.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Hmmm. Too many to list. I like angsty, radical women like Ani Difranco, and Tracy Chapman. I like vulnerable boys singers like John Mayer, Peter Cetera and Prince. I like boy bands like Collective Soul, and Smashing Pumpkins. I like risky passionate singers like Tina Turner and Nina Simone.