On being interviewed

I've had the strange experience recently of being interviewed. The balance between private and public life, writing and living, and fiction and reality, seemed to be tried by the act of the interview. However, I was fortunate to have very good, very thoughtful interviewers.

Tyler McMahon wrote this thoughtful Q&A for the Fiction Writer's Review while Jessica Gross offers this lovely interview for Kirkus. What I found especially wonderful about these two interviews was the way I was able to speak so openly with both the interviewers.

Tyler and I initially met because we were both working at Hawaii Pacific University. Since then, he's helped me with my surf technique, and his wife and I have hit it off as fellow foodies. I just read a galley of Tyler's next novel and let me tell you, it is going to blow you out of the water! Check out Tyler's first novel, How the Mistakes Were Made , on his website.

As for Jessica, we realized that we had followed similar paths: Both Princeton alumni, we had wanted to be journalists. But while journalism took me into teaching and fiction, it accidentally (but wonderfully) landed her with enough sweet free-lancing gigs to make it a full-time job. (Brava!) You have to read her interview with Christopher Walken and check out her other clips.

Finally, Writer's Digest did a Debut Author Q&A that is a light, fun read.