If you could cook dinner for any author, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you make?
When I was an undergraduate, I had dinner with Ray Bradbury in San Diego. I never had an opportunity to cook for him, but if I had, I would have served coconut shrimp.
What scares you the most about the writing process? How do you combat your fears?
I have been writing for so long, that my fears have long since faded away. I used to fear rejection, yet now I look at it as a learning opportunity.
Who is your biggest literary crush, author or character?
I adore Tom Robbins. He has travelled where no man has gone before...or since.
What books are on your nightstand?
Whirlwind, by James Clavell now resides on my nightstand. I thought I’d read his entire saga, yet discovered this one hidden on my bookshelf.
Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?
My inspiration comes from the fact that I never walk from point A to point B without seeing the letters in between. Writing is all about seeing the details in life.
Favorite punctuation mark? Why?
I love the dash (—). Semi-colons look too much like sperm cells seeking an egg.
What book were you supposed to read in high school, but never did?
Sorry. I have always loved reading, and never missed an opportunity, assigned or not.
What inanimate object would you thank in your acknowledgements?
I would thank adobe, which is still used in the manufacture of homes in Mexico. It has survived the test of time.
Why do you write? The first 5 words that come to mind. Go.
Because, man, I simply must.
If you could write an inspirational quote on the mirrors of aspiring writers, what would you write?
Don’t write because you can, write because you must.