A. Baker, Office manager, and Human Resources Manager
A. Writing novels!
A. West Seattle High School and Western WA University
A. I love Pink. She is a fierce, fabulous woman.
A. When Harry Met Sally and Batman Begins
A. Weeds, Californication, Fringe, and Mad Men. Any of the Bravo reality series.
A. Better than I ever believed it could be.
A. Progress, not perfection.
A. Curled up and snuggling with my kids on a day when we don't have to go anywhere or do anything. That, or a carton of Ben & Jerry's Peanut Brittle ice cream.
A. Being on a carnival ride that collapses.
A. The Garden island of Kauai. Hands down my favorite spot on earth.
A. Mae West
A. "No worries," "It is what it is," and the F-bomb.
A. There's not much I regret. There are things I wish I'd done differently, of course, but I believe everything happened in my life to lead me to where I am now. To the person I am now. And I'm pretty okay with her.
A. Coordination. Can't dance worth a lick.
A. My children and my sobriety.
A. Perfectionism and indiscriminate swearing.
A. Hopefully, compassion. An open, accepting nature of other people's flaws.
A. A person with a naturally fast metabolism.
A. My smile.
A. Anne of Green Gables. I adore her.
A. The Wicked Witch of the West. Poor gal, stuck in Glenda's shadow, and then gets a house dropped on her. She had it rough.
A. Aragorn, from the Lord of the Rings Triology. But only if he came in the form of Viggo Mortensen. I would probably say, "Holy crap, you're hot." Kidding aside, I would love to meet Atticus Finch. I'd like to hear his impressions of the world, and how we have ended up where we are as a society. And then I would just soak up his gentle, quiet wisdom.
A. Negative thinkers and people who don't know how to merge on the freeway.
A. Cooking, followed immediately by eating something fantastic!
A. Writing novels.
A. Integrity, compassion, and a wicked-smart sense of humor.
A. Ice cream. The good stuff. Full fat, full sugar, chock full of goodies.
A. Oh, wow. They change all of the time. "King of Anything" and "Jar of Hearts" are my current faves. And anything from the 80's, really. My kids think I'm weird.
A. Emily Giffin, Jennifer Weiner, T. Greenwood, Laura Hillenbrand, Elizabeth Berg, Joyce Maynard. I read so much, it's sort of like having to pick out a favorite child - I love all authors for having the guts to put the words on the page.
A. 1. Rebecca, Daphne DuMarier 2. Talk Before Sleep, Elizabeth Berg 3. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee 4. Good in Bed, Jennifer Weiner 5. Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffinegger
A. Talk Before Sleep, by Elizabeth Berg. It was the book that inspired me to give being a writer a chance.
A. Stop talking and start writing.
A. That I made them cry. This is a huge compliment, I hope, in that my writing in some way connected to them emotionally, which is why I write in the first place. To connect.