When did you first feel like a writer?
I've been a writer my whole life. But I think that feeling like a "professional" writer maybe a bit different. I've worked for many years in different capacities as a writer, but I don't think I really felt like a writer until I started freelancing and writing books. As a freelancer, you have the responsibility for all aspects of your business--taxes, computer break downs, office supplies. And as you mature into the profession, you see how being a writer also means being all that other stuff and managing it well so that you can actually write and make a living.
What's your philosophy about teaching a writing class?
I think that good writing teachers are a lot like good editors: they provide gentle guidance and help to enable the writer's unique voice and talent. They also listen to their students and learn as much from them as what they hope to teach.
If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be and why?
Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. I'd love to see him to see if all the fuss about him was warranted. (Grin.)