Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Books on the shelves, maps on the walls.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Pay attention.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Hunting huckleberries in the rain with my family.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Running out of curiosity.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Sayulita, Mexico. No, Turks and Caicos. No, the Natural History Museum in Paris. No...
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?