A big Hi and Thank You to all of you following and visiting body, remember. The process of writing my first novel has turned into one of the great joys of my life, and it’s wonderful to share the ride! Be sure to tell me a little something about yourself along the way 🙂
I thought it was time to share a few things about me – no fiction, just honest answers to the Proust questionnaire so that I can tell you a little something about me (and at the same time pretend I have finally made the back page of Vanity Fair magazine!!)
1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Clean sheets, cool pillow and a day you want to remember as you are falling asleep …
2. What is your greatest fear?
3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Listening to that critical voice from the left side of my brain
4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
5. Which living person do you most admire?
6. What is your greatest extravagance?
Perfume – I am obsessed with the scent of Tuberose and Jasmine, and wear my perfumes even to bed.
7. What is your current state of mind?
Slightly wondrous, slightly inebriated … anticipatory …
8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
9. On what occasion do you lie?
To save someone’s feelings
10. What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Short legs (but then Elizabeth Taylor had short legs, right?)
11. Which living person do you most despise?
Anyone who conspires to withhold rights from others or perpetuates sexual violence (I would like to go Jean Grey on them!!)
12. What is the quality you most like in a man?
Passion and wit
13. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Passion and wit!!
14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Fuck and I don’t agree
15. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Writing (all other contenders know who they are!)
16. When and where were you happiest?
Wandering the streets of NYC for the first time
17. Which talent would you most like to have?
I wanted to be a broadway baby so singing and playing piano – I have a little talent with the former and zero with the latter 😦
18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d be as fierce as my instinct tells me to be
19. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
That I am predominantly self-educated
20. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
I would come back as a man … to see …
21. Where would you most like to live?
In a house with a tin roof, at the beach, with a field of horses (which probably means Byron Bay). With a trip to NYC every (white) Christmas!
22. What is your most treasured possession?
All of my books – they are my art, my furniture, my guideposts
23. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Letting someone else decide your story
24. What is your favorite occupation?
Writer (I used to write this as my occupation on immigration forms when travelling – I am now telling the truth!!)
25. What is your most marked characteristic?
26. What do you most value in your friends?
Individuality, and the way they only ever judge when required
27. Who are your favorite writers?
28. Who is your hero of fiction?
Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing (Oh, that I were a man!), and Scarlett O’Hara – I like my heroes flawed, passionate, resilient and ahead of their time. Also, Jean Grey. See above!
29. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Any woman burnt at the stake (I feel certain this would have happened to me)
30. Who are your heroes in real life?
The long line of women who came before me – breaking the rules, keeping their identities, loving their men (and women!), raising even stronger women with every generation.
Also, Al Gore 😉
31. What are your favorite names?
Lily (for Phoebe Cates‘ character in Lace), Oskar (as in Schindler), and of course Maggie Valentine – my lead character whose name came about via Ruthie Henshall (her first name is Valentine) and Maggie from A Chorus Line (Your Maggie is missing you so …)
32. What is it that you most dislike?
The patriarchy. And assumptions.
33. What is your greatest regret?
Ummm … I want to say ‘je ne regrette rien’ … and actually I think that might be true.
34. How would you like to die?
35. What is your motto?
Why not (used to perfection in one of my favourite movies – Secretary)
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection”
– Anais Nin