Why is writing important to you and why do you think it's an important medium for the world?
Telling myself stories is how I make sense of the incomprehensible events in my life.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer's block?
Ignore it and do something else you enjoy instead.

What is your favorite time to write?
Pre-dawn before anyone else is awake.

What's the best piece of writing advice you've ever received and would like to impart to other writers?
Keep your overhead low.

What excites you most about being a writer in today's age?
I'm pretty old now so nothing excites me very much.

Lisa Alther's Swan Song: An Odyssey is out now with Knopf.