Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Long, eventful, lucky, adventurous, fraught, diverse, loving, healthy
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. I get discouraged easily, but I never give up.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Perfect happiness is having good health and a short memory.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Snakes- I can hardly type the word I am so scared of them.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Right where I am now, in my study in Mexico, my puppy at my feet, my vanilla vines covered with blossoms.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Margaret Sanger
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. A writer friend of mine who has survived breast cancer twice and continues to be cheerful and write everyday.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. These are words I am heartily sick of-empowered, journey, space, victim.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Selling my old 1964 red V.W. bug.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Playing the violin or cello.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Stopping smoking. I used to smoke two packs of Player's a day.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I am judgmental and impatient.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Sense of humor and ability to talk to anyone about anything.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I would be a 2011 Harley Davidson Road King with street pipes.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. My calmness.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Hannibal Lector
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I would like to meet Rabbi Leon Modena, 17th century Venetian rabbi, whose autobiography I read, and ask him if there wasn't something- anything- that gave him pleasure in his life. Such a crotchety old boy!
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. People who keep me waiting.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Pruning. I love to prune anything and everything, from hedges to palms trees to vines.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Writng brilliant prose every day.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Sense of humor, clean fingernails, and a clear conscience.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Peanuts- the greasy kind with lots of chili and salt.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Back of the Bay, Bull Called Original sin, Amazing Grace, Same Kind of Crazy as Me, Cry me River, You Made me Love you