Where are you from?
Charleston, W. Va, lived in Washington, DC since 1961
Who are your favorite writers?
Miguel de Cervantes, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens
What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Mysteries and watching football and baseball
What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
Focus on what has to be done today.
What is your favorite quote?
The Golden Rule with Shavian Corollary: "Do unto others what you would have them do unto you unless their tastes are different."
What inspired you to write your first book?
How Washington Really Works
My frustration at my fellow journalists' failure to understand the culture of bureaucracy and its impact on events.
Where do you write?
In my dining room. I dedicated my first book, How Washington Really Works, to my wife's dining room table.