1. Although heterosexual, I always wanted to be a boy.
2. I am by nature a risk-taker. This did not stop me being afraid to write a novel for the better part of thirty years. Nowadays it mostly comes in handy for getting hurt riding certifiably insane horses.
3. I am idiotically face-blind. At Parents’ Night last week, it took me a minute to recognize my own daughter (though in my defence, they all dress alike).
4. I studied steel sculpture at St Martins college of art under Anthony Caro and Philip King. I had no clue what they were talking about. Ever.
5. In my 20s I played bass guitar in a rock band. We performed at CBGBs.
6. Nick Ferrari once told me a I wrote like an angel. This was long before I wrote books, but while he was programmer on Live TV, responsible for such fine literary content as Topless Darts and the news bunny.
7. Memorizing lines is torture to me. I don’t understand how anyone does plays. (My daughter has a near-photographic memory.)
8. David Letterman once asked me out to dinner. The guy I was with (not a boyfriend) said, ‘Sorry, we’re busy.’ I nearly decked him.
9. I briefly rowed crew at Harvard.
10. The best job I ever had was coming up with movie titles for Tristar Pictures.
11. I can ski, skate, sail, play tennis, rappel, weld steel, and speak French — all very badly indeed.