When did you first feel like a writer?
At age seven, I aspired to be a writer. I typed out a multi-page, single-spaced story, found out how to mail it to an editor, and received a very kind letter back from that editor.
What's your philosophy about teaching a writing class?
I feel that writers need to be readers first. Any class I teach will involve close examination of examples from literature.
If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be and why?
I'd like to meet Dorothea from George Eliot's Middlemarch, not early in the book when she's young, but nearer the end, when she has come to know that there is "something better which she might have done," yet she does not repent her life.