How a Pair of Shoes Saved One Woman’s Life
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. "Why am I so tired?"
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. "I Only Have Eyes for You" -The Flamingos; "California"-Joni Mitchell; "Only a Fool Breaks His Own Heart"-Norman Bergen; "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"-Neutral Milk Hotel; "Tonight You Belong to Me"-which I know from the Steve Martin movie The Jerk, I'm not kidding.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Teaching writing. Although I admit I have an ill-advised running-a-bookstore fantasy.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I would love to be invited to a party at Bloomsbury, discuss writing and art with Virginia Woolf, and then have her lean over and whisper "YOU REALLY GET IT." And then we'd all have tea.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. Whenever people meet me for the first time they say, "I didn't think you'd be so short!"