I love everything about Philadelphia, and its food is like the city itself: real-deal, hearty, and without pretension. We've always had an underdog vibe as a city, but that just makes us try harder, and I love our scrappiness and scruffiness.
I love the dignity in the name Philadelphia, but at heart, we're Philly.
I love writing both fiction and memoir. Both have unique challenges; bottom line, fiction is hard because you have to come up with the credible, twisty plot, and memoir is hard because you have to say something true and profound, albeit in a funny way.
And when I look at my mother, I reflect on her strength and endurance. She's cranky sometimes, but she is lovable and loving. I'd be happy to be there at 86.
What I'm doing is writing stories about women who care about justice. They are women who think about the difference between right and wrong, what's legal and illegal, ethical and unethical, moral and immoral.
I am really, I think, truly an easygoing, positive, fun person.
I am an open book, literally. I don't mind if people know way too much about me.
Any middle-aged woman knows that our feet are not for the faint of heart, especially in midwinter. I wear clogs, so it's actually like my feet are wooden now.
You don't have to be dead to write a classic, and you don't have to be literary to be smart.
I get up around 8 o'clock, which gives me enough time to walk dogs and feed chickens and horses. Then I get to work in my home office upstairs, and basically, I don't stop until I've written 2,000 words and/or the Stephen Colbert show is over.
I was a lawyer and I loved it, but my Francesca was born, and a divorce followed way too soon after.
Truth is, every writer has to be a good editor, and you have to edit yourself. It's a skill every writer has to acquire.
You can really help support a character if you understand the setting. So for that reason I generally write about Philadelphia.
I still think I'm writing Nancy Drew with a mortgage.
Even if it's not what you planned, you can make a life for yourself on your own and be happy.
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