Q. If you had to live in one of your books with the people and in the community, which one would it be?
A. That’s a very tough question, since I love (most of) my characters and adore the settings I’ve written about. I think I would pick the Keeper of the Light trilogy. I’d love to live on the Outer Banks, and after writing about them for three books, the O’Neil family does kind of feel like my own kin. Lacey could teach me stained glass. My dogs could have Alec as their vet. But mostly I would love to climb to the top of that fictional broken lighthouse and look out over the sea.
Q. If you were not an author, what other profession would you be?
A. I would still be a clinical social worker. I particularly loved hospital social work, but I think given Rheumatoid Arthritis, I probably couldn’t have continued to work those hours, so I would go back to my private psychotherapy practice with adolescents. They are the most intriguing age group to work with! I miss my old profession and am glad I’ve had the chance to have two careers I love.
Q. If there was such a thing as time travel, and you could go to any time period, what would it be and why?
A. I would go a hundred years into the future. I’m fascinated to know what the technology would be like a century from now. More important, I’d like to know that the world is still in one piece, that we haven’t yet destroyed the planet, and that we’ve learned to take care of one another a bit better. I hope I wouldn’t be setting myself up for a big disappointment!
Q. What book (except one of yours) do you wish you had written?
A. To Kill a Mockingbird. Not because of it’s commercial success, but because of one of its primary themes: It’s more important to do the right thing than to win.
How about you? Want to pick a question and share your answer?