Describe your latest book.
My new book, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, is a magical historical mystery that takes place in 1911 New York City — it's a love song to New York, to the labor movement, to magic, and to love itself.
What fictional character would you like to date, and why?
Heathcliff. Wouldn't everyone?
What's the strangest or most interesting job you've ever had?
I was the secretary at a sex clinic. Very bad job for someone who can't spell.
Introduce one other author you think people should read, and suggest a good book with which to start.
Ray Bradbury. Something Wicked This Way Comes. I still remember sitting in the basement turning the pages and thinking this is what a book should be.
Writers are better liars than other people: True or false? Why or why not?
Writers are better truth tellers because you can't write a good novel without the truth seeping through.
How do you relax?
Books, of course.
Have you ever made a literary pilgrimage?
With my son — to Chincoteague Island in Virginia — he was a fan of the Misty of Chincoteague series and a horse ...