A. In chronological order: Secretary, English Teacher, Secretary, Model, Agent, Spokesperson, Magazien Editor, Admin. Asst (fancy word for Secretary), Writer, Adm. Asst., Writer
A. Duh! Writer
A. Composers:Mozart, Duke Ellington, Elton John. Artists: Whitney, Celine, Ella and Nat
A. An Affair to Remember (Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant not the new one with Mr & Mrs. Beatty)
A. I won't stay home for any of them--but today House wins.
A. Fortunate, Happy, Unconventional, Uncommon, Surprising, Complex, Evolving, Full
A. Why not?
A. Good friends. Good conversation. Good food. Good wine. All at the same time of course.
A. Jail and crawly things. Crawly things in jail--I'd probably go stark raving mad.
A. Cliche, but Paris.
A. Hmmm...Maybe Cleopatra--except for that suicide by snake thing. Glad there's no "why" part to this one.
A. Also cliche, but my mom.
A. I, me, my--too much talking about myself!
A. Je ne regrette rien. It's my other motto.
A. Playing the piano.
A. I hope I haven't accomplished it yet.
A. Speaking while thinking.
A. I'm quite happy being me.
A. Have to ask someone else--I don't notice myself.
A. It's a tossup between Gargantua and Pantagruel & Garp--I like my heroes flawed and funny.
A. Historical character is kind of an oxymoron. But I'm going to take the question as it is and respond with a real person(s) who was a character-- larger than life. I would like to meet Bessie Coleman and Josephine Baker, congratulate each on having the courage to be who they were, break rules, defy convention,define themselves--and say "thank you."
A. I'm a language geek and it really gets to me when people (especially those who are supposed to know better-like newscasters) misuse "bring" and "take" and "less" and "fewer." Petty but I can't help it.
A. Cooking or talking--separately or together.
A. Empress--just kidding! (sort of)
A. Mine or someone else's? Humor, optimism and curiosity work for me in both cases.
A. Steak or ice cream. Hmmm..steak flavored ice cream? Maybe not.
A. Again--on a another day the choices might be different but: Believe in Yourself (The Wiz), Lift Every Voice and Sing, Because You Loved Me, The Hallelujah Chorus, Respect
A. My list is long and I'm all over the place--but John Irving, Amy Tan, Bernice McFadden, Tom Wolfe, JK Rowling, Jennifer Weiner, Anne Tyler, Robert Ludlum, Toni Morrison, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Gloria Naylor are all contenders.
A. I always hate this question because the answer might be different on a different day--but if I must: Shogun, Song of Solomon, The Thorn Birds, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Memoirs of a Geisha.
A. I'm not a big re-reader--sorry!
A. Storytelling is work, real work--and there is no substitute for craft.
A. How do two people write a book together?
A. Writing this book was a catharsis of sorts. Several years ago Donna and I had our own financial meltdown--that like Tee's arrived quite unexpectedly. All of our friends thought we should write about it. So we gave ourselves enough time to have a bit of perspective and then came up with a story that was "inspired by" our experiences rather than one that was completly autobiographical. Time also allowed us to give Tee a sense of humor about her predicament--because you can't really see the funny until after you have gone through your trials and come out the other side.