Where are you from?
Who are your favorite writers?
Malraux, Camus, Tolstoy, Kazantzakis, Dostoevsky, Charles McCarry
What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Running, playing the piano, riding horses, hiking, taking photographs.
What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
Run your own race.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Living and studying in Paris.
Where do you write?
I wrote my notes for this book in villages in rural Afghanistan, in my guesthouse in Kabul. I wrote on a computer in my apartment in New York, in an office at the Carnegie Council, and at my sister's house and the house I grew up in in Washington State.