This or That: Getting to know you….
Stephen King, Ken Kesey, John Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Hunter S. Thompson
Sometimes A Great Notion, Hotel New Hampshire, Catcher in the Rye, Fahrenheit 451, Little Big Man
Favorite Literary Characters
Things That Inspire You
The little oasis I’ve created, the view from my front windows, people who conquer obstacles, early morning runs, being alone in the wilderness.
Books That Made You Want To Become A WriterSometimes a Great Notion, Of Mice and Men, The Lord of the Rings, Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird
Bookish Pet Peeves
Plot in favor of character, jumping straight into an action scene on page one, motiveless characters, overabundant dialect, unsatisfying endings
Pieces of Advice you have for aspiring writers.
Don’t write to trends. Character in favor of plot. Don’t write for fame, money, reviews or awards. Write courageously. Write the stories that keep you awake at night thinking about them.Favorite Movies/TV Shows
Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Mad Men, Modern Family, Vikings
Things you wish you knew before you published
The value of early platform building; that publishing one book is rarely life-changing; how hard it is maintaining balance between career and family; the stress involved with touring/promotion; never to leave promotion completely up to your publisher.
Places you would consider paradise
The Gold Coast of Australia, Costa Rica, The Virgin Islands, Greece, Italian Wine Country
Foods you wish you could and never gain a pound
French fries, Haagen Dazs (almost any flavor), thick crust pizza, Kettle Chips, lobster mac and cheese
Things that bring a smile to your face
My kids’ accomplishments; my goofball German shepherd pup, Wyn; the smell of sagebrush after it rains; quarter-sized snowflakes; my garden in full bloom.
Words you try not to use.
Dude, fabulous, totally, dimwad, f**k (though you wouldn’t know it to read some of my Facebook posts)
Words you love.
Copacetic, capricious, delectable, pogonip, emanate
Places you'd like to take your laptop to and write.
Big Sur, Cape Cod, Yosemite, Lizard Island (Au), Sequoia National Park
Crème brûlée, chocolate mousse, gelato, éclairs, cherry pie
Cities you want to visit or your favorite cities?
Sydney, Paris, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Prague
Words that describe yourself
Outspoken, engaged, funny, compassionate, strong
Games you like to play
Monopoly, Sudoku, Scrabble, Solitaire, Yahtzee
Things you have in your purse/bag/wallet now
iPhone, sunglasses, keys, $20, heart-shaped piece of agate
Rude drivers, Fox News, people on their phones in inappropriate places, airplane seatmates who invade my limited space, the newly-coined term “religious liberty”