What do you think of when you think of Chicago?
Who is an author you’d like to meet, dead or alive?
John Irving. I stood behind him on an escalator once, and stared at the back of his neck. That doesn’t count as meeting someone, right?
What’s the worst question you’ve ever been asked in an interview?
"What is the worst criticism your work has gotten?" That’s like getting asked, what are your worst qualities? in a job interview.
What’s your guilty pleasure reading?
New Adult novels. My Kindle is full of them.
Can you describe a random or unexpected experience you’ve had while promoting a book?
I’m new to all this, so my pile of randomness needs time to grow. I’m sure it will, though. I’m the Queen of all that is random.
What’s your favorite font to write in?
Times New Roman (Is there another?)
Do you listen to music while you write? What music?
No music. Complete silence (that is, when I can get it!).
How do you celebrate after you’ve finished a book?
Veuve Clicquot. A trip to Paris. Shopping spree at Prada. (Just kidding. I do what all writers do—I start another book.)
What’s your favorite first line of a book? Last line?
First line, from Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides: ''I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.''
Last two lines, from The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger: “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”
What book do you read over and over again?
I have a bunch. The Time Traveler’s Wife. On the Road. The World According to Garp. I could go on and on…