Forget Me Not
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. What you believe shapes who you become!
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Queen Elizabeth. Why did you wear those scratchy high collars? You were queen. You could have changed the dress code.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Three fantastic kids.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. When I'm writing I become hyper-focused on my story and I sometimes forget other things... like sleep, food, exercise, the location of my car keys, and when I last watered the tomato plant. Fortunately, I don't forget my family. They're louder than the tomato plant.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Joan Wilder, the main character in the movie "Romancing the Stone." She's an author who spends all her time glued to her computer until she's forced into a wild adventure in South America. She dreams of romance and adventure, but doesn't really want to take the risks involved in either.
December 29, 2009THEN
When I was a little girl we spent every Christmas with my grandparents in California. They didn't have a fireplace (Didn't need one -- it was sunny California after all). We also didn't have Christmas stockings. Instead of stockings, my grandmother put three of my grandfather's athletic socks on the back of the couch -- one for me and one for each of my brothers. On Christmas morning the socks would be filled with fruit; apples, bananas, and oranges. We didn't even get to eat the fruit. As soon as we "opened" our stockings (ur, um) socks, my grandmother snatched away the fruit and made a salad to go with Christmas dinner. I... see more