What animal are you most like?
My answer to this question could unwind like an endless ball of yarn! But I shall try to be brief.
For as long as I can remember, I have loved cats. Looking back at my life, I can see how I am cat-like. I watch; I always have. When I first went to school, I was an “elective mute” for some time, just watching and figuring things out. (A cat may look at a king, you know.) Like certain cats I have known, I can do things that absolutely must be done, even things I’d rather not do. But I am happiest to simply be, with the sun and the rain and the grass and the trees, and all the mysterious creatures.
My Kindle novel, A Dog’s Best Friend, is by far the most difficult writing I’ve undertaken to date. There are a few reasons:
First, the story’s hero is a dog, and I have lived only with cats. Yet, I felt this character needed to be a dog: dogs seem, to me, to be Everyman.
Secondly, A Dog’s Best Friend is my first long work. I had been writing for newspapers and magazines for many years when I began the novel. I’d become quite sure of my ability to tell an entire story in 600–800 words. I thought such skills would translate easily to novel-writing.
Which of your books would make a good movie and who would be the star?
Because most of my novels are about non-human animals, this means animation would be marvelous, and I love animation! The voices could then be any fantastic performers—no famous names required.
A Dog’s Best Friend would be nice as a film because it’s a buddy/road trip, a classic film situation.
Elsie’s Afghan would be amazing because of the magical transformation required.
The Three Scrooges would be a great candidate because half of its inspiration—the Stooges, of course—began as film characters!
What’s your favorite line from a book?
Good heavens, that’s like asking what is my favorite shell on the beach!
I’ll try to narrow it down:
Favorite line from another writer:
“My life is the poem I would have writ / but I could not both live and utter it.”
My favorite line from the book I’m working on:
“Oh, do not seek wisdom, my dear. If you find it, you’ll never be fit for mixed company.”
What book do you tell everyone to read?
I seldom recommend books. It seems so personal! But I have mentioned to a few people The Book, by Alan Watts. I have gone back to it many times over the years.