A. Just do it (oh, hang on, I think someone else might have used that...)
A. Writing a novel and having it published in the current climate (sorry kids - I guess you were expecting a mention here...)
A. Jennifer Egan or Anne Enright or Ann Patchett because they get to look in the mirror and say 'damn, I write some fine books'
A. I can't make a decision to save my life
A. Consistency, a sense of humour and being willing to laugh at all my jokes