Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Ice cream. I come from a long line of ice cream lovers. My grandmother, in her 80s, pretty much gave up on other foods. Her fudge ripple arguments were very persuasive.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. At one point I had to go through my manuscript and cut out the word "lovely." I think I'd used it like 133 times or something outrageous like that. What can I say, there are a lot of lovely things in this world.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I'd love to spend a few afternoons having tea with Flannery O'Connor. Hopefully, I'd get off the hook without saying much and she'd talk and talk.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Gardening. I like how physical it is. I like how magical it is. Like is much too mild a word.