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Author Revealed

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. laughter, writing, son, dog, California, tacos, ice cream

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth. (Gandhi)

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I spend the average work day writing and wasting time in equal measure.  I hardly ever go anywhere because I hate to drive, so I order almost everything over the Internet.  Nearly the only time I leave the house is to walk my Doberman.  I have a raging caffeine addiction and drink about seven cups of iced tea a day.  I eat about ten carrots a day; on a recent occasion when I DID venture to the grocery store, the guy packing my groceries put his hand next to mine and said, "Look how orange you are!"  I can't walk through the living room because there are too many Lego minifigs and green army guys on the floor.  My six-year-old son and my dog have the energy of ten NBA stars between them -- that's why I need caffeine.  In short, my life is just about perfect.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. I can't say, because I don't want to tempt fate.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Kazakhstan

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. my boyfriend

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. like, you know, I mean

Q. What do you regret most?

A. not adopting two kids instead of just one

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. singing

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. becoming a published writer

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm a very lenient mother of both my son and my dog.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I guess I just think I'm a nice person.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I wouldn't mind knowing what it's like to be a beloved dog.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I'm always chewing on something -- ice, carrots, gum, whatever

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Huck Finn

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Robert Kennedy.  I'd tell him that when he was assassinated, I was 12 years old, and I cried and cried.  Then I'd thank him for inspiring so many people.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Empathy, strength, creativity

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. tacos

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Girls Just Want to Have Fun, It's a Wonderful World, Smooth, Like a Rolling Stone, Badlands

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