Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. My accent, which is the remnant of a speech defect that was retrained by a man who had studied in London.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Shakespeare, because I've written so much about him.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Oh, man... Hamlet. Miles Vorkosigan. Any of Jane Austen's heroines.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. I really overuse emoticons. And "really." Not in books but in email and tweets.