Where are you from?
Who are your favorite writers?
Nathaniel Philbrick, David Brooks, Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith.
What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Running, cooking, kayaking, windsurfing.
What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
“Edit the person, not the words.” It’s an expression I heard from my father, who was an editor for many years until he retired. The expression is a good reminder to focus on the person, not the actual work, first and foremost, because that will help inspire them to do their best work.
What is the question most commonly asked by your readers? What is the answer?
Q. “What surprised you most about all the CEO’s you’ve interviewed?”
A. How passionate and curious many of them are, and that they seem to be exceptionally quick studies of people and subjects. They are also very smart about interview questions, and how to ask people questions that get them off their rehearsed scripts.
Where do you write?
Mostly in my basement – the writing cave, as I call it.