Interview from Jai! Wow, good questions.
(moving stuff to behind cuts, because these are way long.)
1. What person do you admire most, and why? This can be a historical figure or someone that you know, but a real person, not a fictional character.
Hm. Used to be I admired Peter Wingfield tremendously for quitting med school shortly before taking his boards in order to pursue his acting dream, ’cause he didn’t want to be able to fall back on medicine. Then I read some bio somewhere with a less glowing spin and got the impression he was going to bomb out of med school anyway, so the decision to quit wasn’t so dramatic and impressive to me anymore.
I greatly admire Margret Sanger, an early 20th century proponent of birth control. Also Ernest Gruening, who was … many things in Alaskan history. Territorial governor, state senator (one of two who voted against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution to attack Vietnam), and before coming to Alaska, newspaperman and doctor, but he quit the doctor job because he thought telling the truth in papers was more important and more influential. Didn’t go over well with his father the doctor.
I admire the hell out of Elizabeth I and Eleanor of Aquitaine, women who held positions of tremendous power in times when women weren’t supposed to, largely through force of personality. Oh, lots of people, clearly. But I guess those are some of the biggest. :)
2. What’s the most important thing you ever forgot (and later remembered that you forgot)?
I don’t remember!
3. If you had the power to go back and change the outcome of one historical event, would you use it? Why or why not? If yes, what event would you change, and how do you think it would impact the present/future?
Woooow. Oooh, I think I probably would, nevermind the paradox aspect of it all. I think I would go back and save the Library at Alexandria. Legend (I hesitate to say history, because it’s so poorly documented) suggests that invaluable records, including medical practices and knowledge, were lost with the Library. Maybe without the sacking of the Library, we wouldn’t have had the Dark Ages in Europe; maybe we’d be hundreds of years more advanced than we are now.
4. How is your life now different than how (as a child) you imagined it would be?
Well, I’m not a movie star, but I’m about to be a published author, so I got half of those things right. Um. I don’t have kids, which I thought I would by now, but I remember distinctly thinking that 28 was very old and would be a good time to have kids, and by the time I got to 28, it really didn’t seem that old at all and kids seemed like something that’d be better another several years down the road. :) I wasn’t sure if I’d be married, and I am. Hm. Let’s see. I think, overall, I’m pretty much where I expected to be. Aside from the not being wealthy beyond my wildest dreams part, anyway. :)
5. Of all the novels that you are working on (actively or not) do you think will be the most successful?
RIGHT ANGLES TO FAERYLAND. I think it has the potential to become a classic (ah, the modesty of me!), so with an eye to long-term influence on the literary field or staying power, that’s my guess for most successful.