My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. remember to breathe
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. To wear the world like a loose garment.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. not writing well
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Maybe Alfred Hitchcock. Like me, he was a late bloomer and a little odd
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. A great writer
November 20, 2008Two questions have been asked about my novel, The Book of Unholy Mischief. First: Isn’t your book, like most novels, just a thinly veiled autobiography?
Since The Book of Unholy Mischief is about a chef’s apprentice in Renaissance Venice I naturally reply, “How the heck did you know?” My father is an Italian chef. Beyond that, well, that’s why we call it fiction.
The second question is: Why did you set the story in Venice?
Mysterious, romantic Venice possesses a certain ramshackle opulence. But the thing that made Venice perfect for this story is that... see more