I generally tend to website management and book promotion efforts in the morning, and devote a good part of the afternoon to the current book I am working on. I work most of the time in my office, but am very productive when I get a chance to work in a beautiful place, such as beach house or cabin in the mountains.
What are some ways that you like to relax?
I enjoy taking long walks, reading, going to the movies, cooking, and looking at antiques, especially from the art deco period.
What author/s do you think are overlooked in the writing/reading world today?
There are fiction writers out there who are writing novels with main characters who have no children by choice. They find it hard for publishers to pick up their work. I think if they did, publishers would be delighted to find out there are lots of readers who would read works with childfree characters.
What author would you most like to meet and why?
I have a background in the behavioral sciences, and am a big fan of the nonfiction author Cordelia Fine, who wrote Delusions of Gender. She is pushing the envelope about how we think about gender differences. Fine takes a critical look at how culture, more than biology, drives the development of our beliefs about differences, and because of our socialization and gender stereotyping, how easily gender differences can become self fulfilling prophecies.
Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to share with readers?
I am doing a longitudinal study right now, and will be for the next seven years. When it is complete, I may very well develop a book based on the results of the study. What’s the study? Well, I am going to keep it under wraps for now, but it involves surveying women who were in their 20s at the start of the project.
In addition to this project, I already have an idea for my next book, but will embark on it after The Baby Matrix tour has settled down a bit—that’s all I’ll say!
What is something about yourself that would come as a surprise to many people?
I adore art deco fashion, particularly the fashion from the 1920s!