Mini Interview with SUSAN SCHORN: Your childhood ambition: To be a paleontologist. I ended up as a Victorianist, which isn’t far off. Something you treasure: My first black belt, in Kyokushin karate, awarded in 2002 by Sensei Suzanne Pinette. Your worst habit: Self-criticism. And criticism of others, though I try to keep that internal. Negativity and impatience generally. The aspect of your work that’s most important to you: Making the reader feel intelligent. Your first job: Veterinary technician. Someone whose work you highly recommend: Russell Hoban.