My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Fall seven times, stand up eight.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Nelson Mandela.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. I'm kind of fickle, but Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice) and Mma Ramotswe (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency) are way up there near the top.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. I regret waiting so long, out of fear, to get serious as a writer.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. When you call a business and they make you listen to a recorded phone message with a thousand options, but none of them fits the reason why you called.