Author Revealed

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Fortunate, knock on wood. Four other words optional.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Form and content.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Unlikely. To paraphrase Voltaire, perfection is the enemy of the good.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. medical problems

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Depends on the season -- autumn, Maine; winter Arizona, spring and summer, Colorado

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. That will take some time to consider.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. My regrets are regrets of omission and there may be time to remedy them; therefore, I won't be specific.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. painting

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. sense of humor

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Huck Finn

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. fly fishing

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. writing

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. dependability, sense of humor, intelligence

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. chili

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Making Believe, Girl from the North Country, If I Needed You, Who Knows Where the Time Goes,The Song of the Wandering Aengus

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Mark Twain, PG Wodehouse, Anthony Trollope, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Evelyn Waugh, Ernest Hemingway, Anthony Powell, George MacDonald Fraser, Shelby Foote, CS Forester, Patrick O'Brian, Willa Cather, Francis Parkman

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Huckleberry Finn, Barchester Towers, The Great Gatsby, A Farewell to Arms, The Wind in the Willows

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Huckleberry Finn

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Your greatest joy will come from writing well; the rest of the publishing business is not all that different from any other business except that it generally pays less.