Where are you from?
Born in Pennsylvania, lived in Midwest but now a New Yorker.
Who are your favorite writers?
Anthony Trollope, F. Scott Fitzgerald, George Elliott, Wallace Stegner, Joyce Carol Oates, William Thackeray, Charles Dickens, Thomas Jefferson.
Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
The Way We Live Now. Middlemarch. Bleak House.
What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Reading. Gardening. Skiing. Tennis.
What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
Be yourself, no matter what they say.
What is your favorite quote?
Changes all the time. Current favorite: "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win."—Mahatma Gandhi