I thought, How sweet, here is a darling housewife from Iowa. It turns out that Gretchen, indeed a wife and mother, lives on the upper East Side, is married to a hedge fund manager, and is a former lawyer who clerked for Sandra Day O'Connor.
It also turns out that The Happiness Project is an empire comprising, among other things, several books, a blog, discussion guides, resolution checklists, and a full slate of speaking engagements.
Happiness, and making a project out of it, are concepts that are somewhat foreign to me. Gretchen, however, also turns out to be a St. Thérèse of Lisieux devotee and, having liked Shirt of Flame, she asked if I'd be interested in answering a few questions.
Of course I was.
Here they are.