Tell us a bit about your family. The less said the better.
What is your favorite quality about yourself? My tenacity. I don’t know the meaning of the word “quit.”
What is your least favorite quality about yourself? My tenacity. This late in life, I ought to know the meaning of the word “quit.”
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? I would have to say earning my doctorate from one of the toughest graduate schools in the world. There were so many obstacles thrown in my path by the people in my life that it was a miracle that I got into the program at all. Then, I was even more surprised to find out that I had the intellectual talent to graduate with honors. I guess you never know what you can do until you try.
What is your favorite color? That depends on the day, the season, and my mood. I’m partial to fire engine red, electric blue, and fuschia (though not at the same time).
What is your favorite food? Any ethnic cuisine. Indian and Middle Eastern in particular. I’m a vegan.
What’s your favorite place in the entire world? Any place near a large body of moving water.
How has your upbringing influenced your writing? Thankfully, it hasn’t.
When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have? No matter how unlikely it seemed at any given point in time, my dreams always came true. I got to do everything I wanted with my life.
What is the one question you never get asked and would like to get asked in an interview? Please ask and answer it. The question would be, “Do you enjoy writing?” Shockingly enough, my answer would be “No.” I think there are writers who are in love with the process of writing itself. They keep journals, maintain blogs, write poetry. I don’t like doing any of those things. I take a much more utilitarian approach. For me, writing is a means to an end. I’m in love with the idea, the concept, that I want to convey to a reader. Writing is just the vehicle that gets me there.