Why is writing important to you and why do you think it's an important medium for the world? Writing is a way of making sense of ourselves and others and why we respond to the world as we do.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer's block? To stop whining about it and just sit down and write. Anything. Write anything. Just do it.

What is your favorite time to write? Morning.

What's the best piece of writing advice you've ever received and would like to impart to other writers?I've never received writing advice. There's nothing all that interesting for writers to know except to sit down and write. We wish there were some secret to be imparted, but there is not. We just have to do the work.

What excites you most about being a writer in today's age? Nothing that didn't excite me 40 years ago.

Barbara Lazear Ascher's Ghosting: A Widow's Voyage Out is out now with Pushcart Press.