A. I've been a stock boy, a waiter, a promotions producer, a theatre director, a bookseller, a publicist, and an editor.
A. It would be a tie between my current job as an editor and my previous job as a book publicist.
A. I graduated from Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids, got a BA from the University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point, and an MFA from Hamline University in St. Paul.
A. I love the work of Alan Menken.
A. My favorite movie of all time is A FISH CALLED WANDA. It never fails to make me laugh.
A. Tie between DOCTOR WHO and BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE.
A. Blessed in ways I often fail to recognize.
A. My motto changes daily as I try to meditate on something new every day.
A. Unjust accusations.
A. Scotland, roaming in the heather of the Highlands.
A. I'm often fascinated with Orson Welles.
A. Corny as it sounds, I most admire my husband for his kindness, generosity, and ability to empathize.
A. When I write, I end up editing out about 7,000 instances of "just" throughout.
A. Not going abroad until I was in my 30s.
A. I'd love to be able to play the piano.
A. Not passing out at my wedding.
A. Occasional inability to focus and my-- Oooh! Look! Shiny!
A. I like to think it's my sense of humor.
A. Time Lord
A. I hate to admit it but I tend to revel in a bit of sarcasm and I think it's something people notice. You know, the more questions I answer, the less I like me.
A. The Doctor from DOCTOR WHO
A. Oooh, I think I have to go with Darth Vader, mainly because he's a tragic villain. You can almost feel sorry for him.
A. Again, I have to go with Orson Welles. Mainly, I'd ask him to help me separate fact from fiction in regards to the stories about his life. Sadly, I feel Orson would delight in not only keeping the truth to himself but in adding to the myths and confusing me even more.
A. At the risk of being loathed, I'm a stickler for spelling and punctuation so 3/4 all blog posts, tweets, and e-mails drive me nuts.
A. I love my work as an editor. I get to work with some amazingly talented writers.
A. Time Lord
A. A sense of humor, kindness, and empathy.
A. Probably Cornish pasties.
A. No idea. If we go by the most played on my iPod, it would be (in descending order): Theme from the British TV Show BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, "My Eyes" from Dr. Horrible, "I Am The One" from NEXT TO NORMAL, "Go Mad" by Caleb Kane, and "Hard" by Gregory Douglass.
A. I really admire the works of David Almond, Jonathan Stroud, Jonathan Safran Foer, Judy Blume, Frances Hardinge, Catherine Fischer, and JK Rowling.
A. Evil question. I'll go with KIT'S WILDERNESS by David Almond, ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, HAPPINESS by Will Ferguson, LUST by Geoff Ryman, and TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING by Judy Blume.
A. Every year, I re-read THE WESTING GAME.
A. The first draft should NEVER be your last draft.