If you could cook dinner for any author, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you make?
Ernest Hemingway. Ruffed grouse with asparagus.
What scares you the most about the writing process? How do you combat your fears?
Running out of ideas. Writer’s block. From experience, I know the urge to write will always return. I plan to write on my deathbed. Right now, I am in a lull and welcome filling out this form.
Who is your biggest literary crush, author or character? Lady Brett Ashley in The Sun Also Rises. She is aristocratic, beautiful, a lush, and, according to some critics, a nymphomaniac.
What books are on your nightstand? Islands in the Stream, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Huckleberry Finn.
Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you? Life. I was called a student of life. My autobiographical stuff is instructional. My fiction reveals more of me than my creative nonfiction. I like to sit at a table in the community room of my hi-rise and drink water. This elevates my mind to a spiritual level and gets me thinking along literary lines.
Favorite punctuation mark? Why? Exclamation mark. It works. Like expletives,I use them sparingly.
What book were you supposed to read in high school, but never did? History, world history, and geometry. I hated all my classes except English, where I studied and did well. I did well in chemistry, too, only because I liked my teacher.
What inanimate object would you thank in your acknowledgements? My laptop.
Why do you write? The first 5 words that come to mind. Go.
I can’t help it.
If you could write an inspirational quote on the mirrors of aspiring writers, what would you write? Write every day, even if it stinks.
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