Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Happy woman bright woods barking dogs books and books
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. It'll all work out in the end. If it hasn't worked out yet, it isn't the end.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Being content to live in the moment. And Mama's barbecued chicken. And stumbling upon a book I've never heard of that I really love.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Failure. North Atlanta rush hour traffic. Any rush hour traffic.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Right here sitting on my futon in Newberry Florida. For the moment.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Nelson Mandela
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. "Well don't tell them I said it, but...."
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Time wasted on fear.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Healing the sick (seriously.)
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. My children, greatest. Marriage, two and books, three. Or maybe faith is number one.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Not listening to fear much anymore.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. Can't think of anyone but me.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. Height and hillbilly accent.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Bilbo Baggins
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Don't care for the villains.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Stonewall Jackson: would tell him to quit being a freaking martyr and let the medics treat him. When he goes, there goes old Dixie. Would also like to ask my paternal great-grandmother if she really died of a hex. And who put it on her. And why.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. One word answers.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. This is it.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Kindness, laughter, sincerity
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Fried chicken wings
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Midnight Mile, I See Jesus, Graceland, Jessica, Soldier's Joy
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. At the risk of offending the million writer friends, and just off the top of my head, here are current and old favorites, constantly shifting, though the core remains the same: Truman Capote, Tennesee Williams, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Dani Shapiro, Robert Leleux, Pat Conroy & Cassandra King; Evelyn Waugh, John Toland, George Plimpton, JRR Tolkien, Connie May Fowler, Rick Bragg... my mind has gone completely blank. Give me a while and I'll add more.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Brideshead Revisited, Biography of a Place, The Hobbitt, The Reivers, The Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes; anything by Conroy; anything by Capote, includng his grocery list.
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. All of them. If I like them, I'll reread. If I love them, I'll read till they fall apart.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Never give up love of reading. Writing will end; reading will last.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. What is your mother's maiden name.