Because INSPIRING minds want to know:
1. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Supporting myself by doing what I love
2. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Laziness
3. What is the trait you most deplore in others? Superficiality
4. Which living person do you most admire? My mother. She is the definition of strength and grace.
5. What is your greatest extravagance? Books and music
6. On what occasion do you lie? I lie to spare people’s feelings. I also lie to avoid conflict – a trait of which I am not proud.
7. What do you most dislike about your appearance? It used to be my nose. I thought it was too large and pointy compared to the cute button noses of my adolescent peers. As an adult, I love my nose because I got it from my father, and, now that he is gone, it comforts me to see him within me.
8. Which living person do you most despise? Rush Limbaugh
9. What is the quality you most like in a man? kindness
10. What is the quality you most like in a woman? Confidence in who she is.
11. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? All manner of cuss words. As a writer, I find my overuse of these words particularly annoying because of how much I love language and should be able to find more articulate ways of expressing myself besides “F**k yeah!”
12. What or who is the greatest love of your life? Writing
13. Which talent would you most like to have? Musician
14. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I wish I were more assertive.
15. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Finishing a draft of my book
16. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? My dog, Ruby. She has a great life and always lives in the present.
17. Where would you most like to live? Italy
18. What is your most treasured possession? Notes my son has written to me over the years.
19. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Feeling powerless in your own life.
20. What is your most marked characteristic? My humor
21. What do you most value in your friends? Their generosity and unwavering support
22. Who are your favorite writers? Too many to name.
23. Who is your hero of fiction? Scout from To Kill A Mockingbird. She is fearless!
24. Who are your heroes in real life? I am fortunate to be surrounded by heroic friends. Every day I see them giving to others, to their families and friends. Not out of guilt or anxiety, but because they have worked very hard to align themselves with their gifts and passions and have figured out ways to share them with the world around them. They are able to see their uniqueness as part of the whole and take action.
25. What is your greatest regret? Losing touch with great friends.
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