A. Franklin D. Roosevelt for high school, Austin College for a B.A. in something or other, and University of North Texas for my M.S. And yes, I am totally sick of school now. :)
A. Ooh, too many. Phillip Glass, Tricky, David Bowie, Elliot Smith, Tori Amos, Parliament/Funkadelic, Bjork, Jimi Hendrix. That doesn't even scratch the surface.
A. I like standard stuff like Gone With the Wind, The Women (1939), Schindler's List and the Shawshank Redemption, but I also like nonstandard stuff like Ginger Snaps, Let the Right One In, The Orphanage, and Dazed and Confused.
A. The Office!
A. I'd like to, but I'm too busy writing.
A. Tra la lalalala how hard I'll work tomorrow, tra la lalalala that's why I'm resting up today!
A. The ability to do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I don't know that that would make anyone else happy, but it would make me ecstatic.
A. Many-legged critters.
A. Spain. I'm past due for a return trip.
A. Emily Dickinson, I guess. She was even shyer than I am.
A. My great-aunt. Her name's Ella May. She's been through a lot of terrible stuff, but she keeps her sense of humor. My mom's the same way.
A. I dunno. I'll do it later. Cool beans. I just work here.
A. An ability to read music would be nice.
A. Um, I wrote a book?
A. It amazes me how many people don't appreciate straightforward honesty. If a pair of jeans made my butt look fat, I'd want someone to tell *me*.
A. I'm nonjudgmental. You like to knit in your underwear? Hey, knock yourself out.
A. A whale, maybe? One of the really big ones. They seem like they have it pretty sweet.
A. Sara Crewe. Roland of Gilead.
A. Gretchen Lowell.
A. It's a toss up between Jesus and David Bowie. I think I'd be too awed to say anything. At least at first. Then I'd probably ask some dumb question about the weather.
A. Reading, listening to music, playing the piano--badly
A. Concert pianist. That would be so cool.
A. Humor, tolerance, easy-goingness
A. Salad. Because it's so versatile. Sweet or savory, hot or cold, meat or veggie. Perfection.
A. I love music too much to have favorites. But five I really like at the moment are "Smokey Joe" by Tori Amos, "Cosmic Slop" by Funkadelic, "Stormbringer" by Deep Purple, "Poems" by Tricky, and "Violet Hill" by Coldplay.
A. Stephen King for story, Anne Rice for description, Lee Child for character, Chelsea Cain for thrills, Laura Kinsale for romance, Donald E. Westlake/Richard Stark for plot.
A. You're killing me with this five favorites stuff. But I'll bite: The Gunslinger by Stephen King, The Melting Season by Celeste Conway, A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb, For My Lady's Heart by Laura Kinsale, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.
A. Two, actually. A Little Princess and The Secret Garden, both by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The ultimate in comfort reading.
A. Believe in yourself and your work--but prepare to have your heart broken.
A. I don't have any--yet. :) But from pre-readers it's, "Can I have an ARC?" (ARC = advance reader copy)
A. Other people get inspiration from dreams and unusual life events, but not me. I just sat down one day and decided to write a story about a "crazy" girl, who really wasn't all that crazy. Ta da!