What do you think of when you think of Chicago?
My first trip to Chicago which involved a religious experience with a pizza and Wax Trax Records.
Who is an author you'd like to meet, dead or alive?
Margaret Atwood. Just to ask her how she became such a badass.
What's your guilty pleasure reading?
Scandinavian crime fiction. I'm addicted to the dreariness and understated drama.
Can you describe a random or unexpected experience you've had while promoting a book?
When telling a seemingly nice lady about my book, she heard the title, her eyes widened and she said, "Good luck with that, dear," and walked away.
How do you celebrate after you've finished a book?
I insist on champagne and a gourmet meal. Oh, you mean finish my book?
What's your favorite first line of a book? Last line?
"All this happened, more or less." Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
What book do you read over and over again?
I used to read "The Stand" by Stephen King over and over again. Then I realized life is too short to repeat, and I must devour new material and rely on my memories of the post-apocalyptic tale. Memories, and select episodes of "Lost."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun