Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Crazy-busy and directed, then slow, thoughtful, and meandering.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. It takes a heap of loafing to write a book. - Gertrude Stein
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. I think I'm perfectly happy right now. So, I would describe it as being part of a wonderful and supportive family and having the luxury of making stuff up for a living.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Driving a car scares me. More specifically, I am scared of being the one who causes an accident. However, as a result of my fear, I'm one of the best and most careful drivers out there.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Nepal. I've always wanted to go there and live for a while.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I have always wanted to be a cellist.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. My family says my sense of direction is uncanny. Uncannily incorrect, that is.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I'm a positive person. I don't get sad for very long.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Seeing and hearing someone chew gum grosses me out.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. I love teaching children new things.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Kale. I'm serious. I love the stuff and prepare it all kinds of ways every day.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. E. B. White Lois Lowry Christopher Paul Curtis Barbara Kingsolver Anne Lamott Spaulding Gray John Irving Kate DiCamillo
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Charlotte's Web Autumn Street Bud, Not Buddy Poisonwood Bible Bird by Bird The Impossible Vacation A Prayer for Owen Meany Because of Winn-Dixie
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Charlotte's Web
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Get started and keep going until it's finished.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. I just love Ferrell! He's so funny!