You have to try to take what life throws at you with grace and equanimity.
As a novelist, I have always been interested in how people come to terms with difficult, life-altering events.
For years I'd understood that publishing in paperback was the kiss of death.
Having the book-club army embrace you is a gift that keeps giving for years.
I don't believe in karma.
I like meeting and connecting with readers.
I often work and write in coffee shops, observing the baristas and eavesdropping on interesting conversations.
I think a lot of readers are looking for a book they can talk about.
Many people, for many reasons, feel rootless - but orphans and abandoned or abused children have particular cause.
My mother was a passionate, complicated, sometimes fierce woman.
My mother was one of the most dynamic and brilliant women I have ever known. She was also mercurial and unfocused.
My parents are a bedrock. And I have three complex, strong, and funny sisters who inspire and sustain me.
Radiation is relentless: my protocol is five days a week, 33 sessions altogether.
The twists and turns of your life can be so unexpected, and that's a good thing to learn.
Without even thinking about it, my son uses technology in almost everything he does, large and small.
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