Unfortunately, my characters don't understand me at all - they all think I'm nuts ;)
As for the limelight - I love the attention focused on my books, but in this day and age we definitely have to become comfortable if the spotlight switches to us. We live in a People magazine, Reality TV age - the more famous you are, the more books you'll sell.
Which is why I'm rounding up a gang of authors to go on a west coast crime spree that'll make Bonnie & Clyde blush ;)
I absolutely hate publicity that involves personal appearances, photos, or live phone calls. I do like e-mails and anything that's done electronically. I answer all my fan mail, sometimes repeatedly for weeks.