Where do you get your ideas?
Every once in a while the Idea Fairy pays me a visit in my dreams, but I take most things from real life and exaggerate them. I draw upon my experiences with family and friends as well as my observations. People-watching is an art in New York City.
Are your characters based on real people you know?
Not necessarily “based” on, but some of them are inspired by or share certain traits with people who I know, which is both fortunate and rather unfortunate!
Is there any character in your book that you feel resembles you closely?
I think there’s probably a little bit of me in all the characters – the good, the bad and the ugly.
Besides writing what are you most passionate about in life?
My family, theatre, children’s education and most anything kid-related, The Food Network, snow, honoring tradition, flowers, my mom’s meatloaf, and Sayid from “Lost.”
What do you love about writing?
For me it’s an inexplicably natural and comforting form of expression. I find it to be a huge, necessary creative and emotional release, and it’s something that’s played a defining role in my life since I was a very young girl, for almost as far back as I can remember. Writing’s like a dear old friend that’s gotten me through hard times, joyful times, lonesome times, you name it… It makes me happy and keeps me sane. Or at least semi-sane.
What’s the hardest part about writing?
Who are your favorite authors?
Truman Capote, Steve Martin, David Sedaris, Tennessee Williams, and Charles Addams – though he’s known mostly for his cartoons. I’m a sucker for truthful, heavy-hearted humor.
What did you have for lunch?
A turkey wrap with Swiss cheese and avocado. Oh do I adore avocados!
It’s been noted that your novel seems to straddle several different genres. Do you consider it a humor book, or women’s fiction, or what?
It’s important to realize that book selling is a business, and marketing departments like to label novels with an easy, user-friendly tag in order to help best promote them. What matters to me isn’t how my book’s categorized or what store shelf it sits on, but whether or not readers genuinely connect with the story and feel satisfied and maybe even a little bit moved when they reach the final page. What matters is whether or not they close the book with a smile on their face wanting more -- ridiculously corny as that sounds. But, to answer your question, I consider my book a historical thriller.
Is Perfect Size 12 “a message book”? Does it have a social agenda?
Not on an overt or driving level. I suppose it contains a certain degree of social commentary, but that’s not the main point, it isn’t what the story’s about. I’m not a fan of material that bonks readers over the head with some kind of “important” lesson. Besides, who the hell am I to impart wisdom? I doodle “I heart Sayid” on the back of notebooks. If anything, the book proposes that “perfect” doesn’t exist. Ain’t no such thing as a “perfect” anything, so striving to achieve such is an impossible feat that can’t really lead to happiness. I was a fortune cookie in a past life.
What’s up with the ending of the book? Is Delilah’s story going to continue?
That’s really all up to readers and how they respond to the material. So far so good – knock on wood! Sales have been encouraging and nobody’s hurled rocks at my head yet, which I have to admit is a welcome relief. The truth is, I’d love to carry on Delilah’s adventure -- I hope this is only the beginning of her tale.
Is your book going to be made into a movie or TV show? Who’s playing Delilah?
Only time will tell on both counts.
What book are you reading now?
“About Alice” by Calvin Trillin. It’s a breathtaking piece of non-fiction -- one minute I’m laughing out loud and the next minute I’m weeping. Very powerful stuff…
What are you working on now and when is your next book coming out?
I’m working on a new novel that I’m incredibly excited about. I’m not quite ready to spill the beans yet, but suffice to say it’s both hilarious and poignant, according to my grandmother. She’s 92 and thinks wilted salad is delicious, but I still believe her.