What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being snuggled under my covers on a stormy Saturday with a delicious book. (And my puppies.)
What is your greatest fear?
There isn't a day that goes by in which I don't imagine some horrific, implausible scenario that rips Jenn and Amy and Hogan from my life.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
The earnest, affable, self-taught, highly ineffective Martin Van Buren.
Which living person do you most admire?
What is the trait you deplore most in yourself?
I am paralyzed by a fear of failure AND a fear of success, which means I spend most of my life swearing at myself in the mirror.
What is the trait you deplore most in others?
Lack of empathy.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Fancy dog things for two dogs whose favorite pastimes include rolling around in carcases and eating their own poop.
On what occasion do you lie?
Do you want to see me lie? Corner me and ask me if I'm in love with you: "... yes? Yes. Of course. Of course." (Spoiler alert: No, I'm not.)
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My lazy left eye.
When and where were you happiest?
The gloriously naive months when I’d finished my last accounting job and hadn’t yet signed a writing contract with a deadline attached to it. (I spent much of that time frolicking gaily around Europe drinking beer.)
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I’d remember what it’s like to have a keen sense of purpose that makes me come alive like fire.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Those rare moments when bursts of courage and cleverness and compassion collide and I am able to write something that helps other people feel less alone, less lonely.
If you died and came back as a person or thing what do you think it would be?
If you are what you eat, I’d be reincarnated as a half order of El Sombrero Texas Fajita Nachos (no onions, extra peppers).
What is your most treasured possession?
The books my grandmother makes for me.
What do you regard as the lowest depths of misery?
Who are your heroes in real life?
JK Rowling, Haven Kimmel, Barbara Kingsolver, Neville Longbottom, Jacob Clifton, Bryan Elsley, Kate Di Camillo, Rachel Maddow, Leslie Knope.
What is it you most dislike?
Myopia in all its poisonous forms.
How would you like to die?
Saving someone I love.
What is your motto?
Honey badger don’t give a shit.