What was the worst job you’ve ever had?
I was a phlebotomist in a medical clinic for four months. I loathed every single aspect of that job. I’m pretty sure that when all those howling kids I had to coax to get blood samples think of evil personified, they still remember me.
Besides being an author, what is your fantasy job?
I’d love to be a top fashion designer, but I would never ever consider competing on a show like Project Runway! Too much pressure!
What was your best Halloween costume?
I once went as Agent Orange; I spray-painted an old trench coat orange and wore dark sunglasses and an orange trilby. Another time I wore a black blouse and skirt and stapled underwear, fabric softener sheets and socks to my clothes and went as “Static Cling.”
What do you enjoy doing the most with your free time?
I love to travel abroad. For the past few summers I’ve gone shopping for fabric with friends in Europe. Each year we pick a different city to shop in; so far we’ve been to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, London, Oslo and Kiel. Our future agenda includes Paris, Rome and Brussels. Some day we’ll go to the Far East to shop in Hong Kong. And Kyoto. Oh yes.
Besides writing, what other forms of art and creativity do you indulge in? I love to sew my own clothing and design costumes. I also indulge in calligraphy and book binding.