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An author presents at Printers Row Lit Fest

Oscar Wilde.

What's your guilty pleasure reading?

Facebook statuses. All other reading has no guilt involved.

What's your favorite font to write in?

I prefer to write in my own handwriting. All type fonts inhibit my creativity.

How do you celebrate after you've finished a book?

I smile and during my next normal writing time I go to a bakery with friends and eat lots of croissants.

What's your favorite first line of a book? Last line?

First Line: "On Thursday, when Imogene woke up, she found she had grown antlers." "Imogene's Antlers," David Small

Last Line: "Timshel." "East of Eden," John Steinbeck

What book do you read over and over again?

Right now I'm reading "Big Plans" by Bob Shea over and over to my kids. We love it!

Fabio Viviani

What do you think of when you think of Chicago?

I think of a New York restaurant scene, great restaurants but with people more relaxed. Beautiful, clean city. A lot of good people staying out late at night, lot of businesses—it's a hustling and happening city, but different from LA which is too spread out, but different from New York which is crazy and the streets are not clean. Chicago is spotless. It's like my mom's house: spotless and full of people that I like to see.

Who is an author you'd like to meet, dead or alive?

Ernest Hemingway. And I would love to know his recipe for mojitos.

What's the worst question you've ever been asked in an interview?

Somebody asked me to talk about the reason why my marriage didn't work out. And that was a food interview! That's a messed up question.

What's your guilty pleasure reading?