Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. I am looking for something I've already found.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Do the next thing.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Losing my child. Also daddy-long-legs and mushrooms.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Here in my kitchen, at the world's smallest island.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. "Don't make me count to three, young man!"
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not changing piano studios my freshman year at Oberlin Conservatory. It would have been a gutsy thing to do, and I would have been happier.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Continuing to write in the face of rejection slips.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. It takes a huge amount of effort for me to remember to light a single candle rather than curse the darkness.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Probably my sense of humor. That, and I won't back down when it's important.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I suspect I come off as more assertive than I realize, so maybe that. I've been told I exude self-confidence, and this always shocks me to hear.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. I always return to Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Wet socks is tied with apostrophe abuse.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Restaurant reviewer, of course. Isn't that everyone's?
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Shrimp cocktail with a fried chicken chaser. What am I saying? Homemade noodle soup.