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. :)
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
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.
Q. Favorite movie
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.
Q. Favorite television show
A. The Office!
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. I'd like to, but I'm too busy writing.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Tra la lalalala how hard I'll work tomorrow, tra la lalalala that's why I'm resting up today!
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
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.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Many-legged critters.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Spain. I'm past due for a return trip.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Emily Dickinson, I guess. She was even shyer than I am.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
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.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. I dunno. I'll do it later. Cool beans. I just work here.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. An ability to read music would be nice.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Um, I wrote a book?
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
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*.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I'm nonjudgmental. You like to knit in your underwear? Hey, knock yourself out.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. A whale, maybe? One of the really big ones. They seem like they have it pretty sweet.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Sara Crewe. Roland of Gilead.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Gretchen Lowell.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
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.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Reading, listening to music, playing the piano--badly
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Concert pianist. That would be so cool.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Humor, tolerance, easy-goingness
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Salad. Because it's so versatile. Sweet or savory, hot or cold, meat or veggie. Perfection.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
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.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
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.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
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.
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Two, actually. A Little Princess and The Secret Garden, both by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The ultimate in comfort reading.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Believe in yourself and your work--but prepare to have your heart broken.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. I don't have any--yet. :) But from pre-readers it's, "Can I have an ARC?" (ARC = advance reader copy)