Never in my life: have I ridden a motorcycle. Despite several opportunities.
When I was five: I expected to become a ballerina and show-jumper.
High School was: weird and boring. So at 17 I dropped out of prep school and went straight to college.
I will never forget: the first time I saw my future husband
Once I met: Barack Obama. And made him laugh!
There's this girl I know: who can remember things about me that I've forgotten. And vice versa.
Once, at a bar: near the Adelphi in London, a man went down on his knees in front of me and declared I was the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen. My husband and two friends were witnesses to this bizarre episode. I still wonder what the hell he'd been drinking....
By noon: I'm on my 4th cup of tea. At least!
Last night: I was so excited about the Inauguration.
If only I had: a completed manuscript.
Next time I go to church: I hope we sing one of my favourite hymns.
What worries me most: is my July trip to California.
When I turn my head to the right: I see a wall of research books and file folders.
You know I'm lying when: I say "I don't have anything to do today."
What I miss about the 80s is: a funky red & white top I used to wear a lot.
If I were a character in Shakespeare: I'd probably be Beatrice.
By this time next year: my next novel might be finished!
A better name for me would be: Julia Elizabeth.
I have a hard time understanding: bigotry.
If I ever go back to school: I'll have a Ph.D
You'll know I like you if: I invite you to "visit the lake cottage sometime."
If I ever won an award the first person that I would thank is: my husband
Take my advice: don't become a writer if you're doing it for the paycheck or the adulation.
My ideal breakfast is: eggs benedict. Or Scotch woodcock. Which contains neither Scotch nor a woodcock.
A song I love but do not have: Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe by Whale. (Warning: if you're brave enough to play the video, it's loud!)
If you visit my hometown: go in springtime when all the beautiful cherry trees are blooming.
Why won't people simply: stop asking me to serve on committees!
If you ever spend the night at my house you probably won't get any sleep because: you'll be freaking out about all the sock monkeys in our guest bedroom.
I'd stop my wedding for: absolutely nothing. If I were having another wedding. Which I'm not.
The world could do without: so many SUV's.
I'd rather lick the belly of a cockroach than: watch Survivor again. Because the castaways do things like lick the belly of a cockroach.
My favorite blonde is: "Cousin" Kate Winslet
Paper clips are: very bendy.
If I do anything well, it's: grow houseplants, especially flowering ones.
I can't help but stand up for: the Nicene Creed.
I cry over: more things than you would believe.
My advice to my children is: my children are dogs, therefore, "No peeing in the house!" So far they have followed this advice.