My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. remember to breathe
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Buddha. I'd ask him how you find enlightenment WITHOUT leaving your children behind.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. In a clean well-lighted place working on my next novel
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. Which living person do you most admire?
A. The Dalai Lama because, well, you know.
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