I love to read books about FOOD. Food books stimulate my pleasure senses on so many levels. I love to read about the smells, how people cook and what they cook. I feel so fully satisfied after I am done reading a book about food and cooking. Maybe I like to read books about cooking because I have never been a great chef--the kitchen has always daunted me, so for a moment, I can pretend that I am sifting through my spices and creating something great. But also, most food books are about love as well. Food stimulates our sensual appetities--one cannot exist without the other. When you awaken to food, you awaken to love. I just read, Delicious by Ruth Reichl and Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession: by Julie Powell.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have been using iBooks! Only because I have a rockin' MAC and it makes it super easy!
Describe your desk
My desk is my private space, my Heaven I have created for myself to get creative. My desk is all my own. It is personal. If I only have one thing in my house that is my own, it is my desk. I feel so grounded when my desk is set up and organized. Controlling? No, I don't think so. There is genius to my organized madness. From it, I can create.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. What I like lovingly call now, "The armpit of the desert." I guess that I got creative in part, because I was not distracted by the outdoors. It was so hot outside most of the time, that I stayed indoors, creating and writing plays. There were no boundless rivers and streams to distract my attention--I didn't discover that until much later in my life. Creativity was my solice--my go-to friend, my good buddy. I never left her side.
When did you first start writing?
I think the first thing I really wrote was the script to the movie Titanic. You know, the one with Leonardo and Kate?! Oh yea. I had that movie memorized and one day, I sat down and wrote the whole thing out--word for word. I was 12, it was 1998.
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