Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Starting to write historical biography at the age of forty
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Here in New York
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. I don't know, but I will no doubt find out when I get an irate letter from some angry reader.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Going to concerts, especially chamber music. I'm also addicted to playing scrablble and backgammon on line while listening to WQXR (NYC's classical music station). I can't listen when I'm writing, because then I tend to write in rhythm with the music.