My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you've collected nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays. I don't know about you, but I'd like to make today worth remembering.” (Prof. Harold Hill in Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN).
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Jane Eyre or Sherlock Holmes.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Everyday by Buddy Holly. That's All sung by Edie Adams. I Have Dreamed by Rodgers and Hammerstein, sung by Frank Sinatra. And almost anything written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Lerner and Lowe, or sung by Buddy Holly, Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Elvis, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, or Fred Astaire.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Without a doubt, my father, a World War II veteran who received the Bronze Star for heroism in combat and will be 90 in a few days-- and also President Obama.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. I try to avoid villains in life and in fiction. In fiction, I think villains should have a mix of good and bad qualities, like real people. So in my own books, I like Napoleon and Rasputin.