- What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Do the story's plot and sub-plots resonate with the experiences, concerns, needs, dreams and challenges readers face? The characters need to be recognizable to the readers. No detail about what one of my characters wears, eats, drives, and the like is too small to include. Finally, I believe my readers bring intelligence and experience to the page; I do not attempt to “write down” to my readers nor do I try to control my books' vocabulary or concepts.
- What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
Third person is easier. I'm experimenting with first person.
- What well known writers do you admire most?
Robert B. Parker, Ernest Hemingway, Henry James, Mark Twain, Ted Kooser, Geoffrey K. Pullum, Geoff Nunberg.