Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Varied and peculiar
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. It's all random.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Something built of stones of irregular size and shape, without method or conscious decision.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. To happen by chance, unexpectedly and unintentionally
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Inside a hummingbird's nest.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Kristin Lavransdatter
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Trish Lande Grader and Ann Rittenberg
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. maelstrom, obverse, equerry
Q. What do you regret most?
A. I most regret unnecessary suffering in Darfur.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. The art of imperceptible obfuscation.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Climbing Mount Everest without oxygen would be my greatest achievement.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. A short, violent localized storm, with sleet.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Cardinal, fixed, or mutable, depending on the sign.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. An abstraction.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. Occasional invisibility.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. the Leewit
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Any homo erectus individual. I wouldn't speak, only watch.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Excavation of skeletons.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Baccarat in Monte Carlo.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Bird feeder designer.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Taste, texture, speed of cooking.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Margaret Atwood Kazuo Ishiguro Anne Taylor Richard Russo Terry Pratchett PG Wodehouse
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell We Have Always Lived In The Castle A Prayer For Owen Meany Empire Falls Love In The Time Of Cholera
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. The Witches of Karres
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Get help, but use it judiciously.