Jazz at Lincoln Center. October 23, 2007. By Amy Odell
Do you read guilty-pleasure books?
“If I want guilty pleasure, I'm not going to read a book.”
What's it like having your books adapted for the screen?
“There was one that was so bad that someone called me up and said, ‘Mary, they stole your title!’”
—Mary Higgins Clark
Do you read articles about yourself?
“If you look up all the clippings from 23 years of public life, you'll start saying, ‘I cannot believe this woman is still alive.’”
Did you guess that Dumbledore was gay?
“It never entered my mind to think about his sexuality.”
Does the Sopranos cast still hang out?
“Listen to me: The West Wing never partied like The Sopranos.”
Spring Awakening has a rabid fan base.
“I spit a lot onstage. One girl said ‘Oh, my God, you spit on me in the show!’ So she asked me to sign her program and then spit in it. And I did.”
—Karenna Gore Schiff
Where did you get your dress?
“A friend of mine made it. I wanted a Quill Awards dress, and this is what she came up with.”
What's the most ambitious book you've ever read?
“A Winter's Tale. It took me over a year. We're chefs we don't take much time to read.”
What did you think of the “Dumbledore is gay” revelation?
“I was not surprised. I always got the sense there was something between him and Hagrid.”
You met Sandra Day O'Connor at a writers' conference?
“We were talking about growing up on ranches. I said, ‘Your ranch was twice the size of my family's ranch.’ And she said, ‘Yes, but yours had water.’”