Conversations with Hilary: Lee Woodruff, Novelist & CBS contributor

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
I know this is going to sound cheesy—but honestly- – turning out four (so far) great kids who are empathetic, kind, happy and respectful is my greatest achievement. It’s a tough world out there and some of the things I hold most dear are under attack in this culture of sleaze and shame and sexting and…. Well…. Don’t get me started. So im proud of the fact that I nagged them to death about looking people in the eye and writing thank you notes.

Do you have a prized possession? What?If our experience with Bob’s injury in Iraq taught us anything, it was that things don’t matter. Again, now I’m coming off like Ghandi. But after he recovered we
bought a smaller, green house with solar and geothermal, we basically sold almost everything and started over. It was symbolic and it was a clean start I suppose. I wrote an essay about it for Real Simple magazine how I really did miss some of my stuff in hindsight. But there is nothing like a near death experience to put things in perspective. I do love my books and of course my family photos are irreplaceable.


What do you love about yourself? What do you think others love about you?I love throwing myself under the bus. I think I have a decent sense of humor and can make others around me comfortable with a self-deprecating approach. I’m not so much of a fashion plate or hair and make up gal, although the older I get I’ve finally understood I need to wear concealer now.


If you could be anything other than what you currently are, what would it be?I’d be my dog. Someone feeds him, lets him out to poop and he sleeps almost all day. After that? Id be a musician. I think it would be wonderful to play an instrument like a Greek God.


What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?100 sit ups. I have scoliosis so it relieves back pain.


What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?Watch a movie at home with the family


What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?I love the process of writing and creating. I love being able to make up stories and put sentences together and then polish and edit.


What were you passionate about when you were an eight year old?I always loved reading. It’s still one of my favorite things to do.


What are you passionate about now? Helping our returning veterans, and being a good citizen of this planet—trying to use limited resources wisely


What’s your favorite season? Why? Summer. I love a cold beer in barefeet on the front porch. And I love my garden.


If you were a cocktail or drink what would it be? A margarita no salt.


If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 items would you want to have with you?Book, iPod, paper and pen (I’m counting that as one)


If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?Shadow the President


What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?Anything by Bruce Springsteen


If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?Why is this so hard to pinpoint? Shakespeare, John Lennon, Marie Curie


If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?In an Instant


Do you have any regrets?You can’t live in the moment with regrets— I try hard to banish those kinds of thoughts


Define Freedom.The ability to do whatever you want whenever you want to do it. And the opportunity to eat food naked in your own home with no one watching and not clean up after yourself.

What are your personal core values?Be kind, be respectful of others, be open to many different views, try not to judge and be good to the planet.

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