A. I worked as an interior designer for jails and prisons!
A. Writing children's books.
A. Roy C. Ketcham High School in Wappingers Falls, NY; Vassar College; and finally Parsons School of Design
A. The Beatles
A. Out of Africa
A. Now: The Big Bang Theory Then: The Mary Tyler Moore Show
A. If I could just sit down to write...
A. Don't go ANYWHERE without a book!
A. Sitting comfortably on a quiet beach with a book I don't want to put down, all the time knowing that my family is happy, my house is clean, and there is world peace.
A. Don't get me started. I am the author of Superhero Joe after all!
A. On that beach with world peace!
A. Anyone with the best palaces.
A. I have to say it -- my mom.
A. "I'll do it!"
A. Not taking more chances... and knowing this, not taking more chances!
A. The nerve to take more chances.
A. My two boys.
A. See "regrets."
A. Well, it's not my hair!
A. If I could be any person, I would like to be Audrey Hepburn. Her life was both admirable and glamorous.
A. My very large smile.
A. When I was a young girl, my favorite fictional hero was Tottie from Rumer Godden's A Doll's House, but I would have argued with that she wasn't fictional at all!
A. Dolores Umbridge. She just freaks me out!
A. People who talk at you and not with you.
A. Being a mom.
A. Broadway performer.
A. Intellectual curiosity, kindness, and a good sense of humor.
A. Pasta... no, chocolate...well, how about CHOCOLATE pasta?
A. If I narrow my focus to just contemporary children's picture book authors I'd have to say 1. Bob Graham - "Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate is great on SO many levels; 2. Jane O'Connor never ceases to surprise; 3. I find Brian Selznick's innovation along with his old fashioned sensibility just beautiful; 4. I wish I WERE Lauren Child; and finally 5. the brilliant and poetic non-fiction writer Doreen Rappaport. Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr. should be its own national holiday!
A. Just sticking with books for children (and this is just the beginning of a long list!):1. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg2. A is for Annabelle by Tasha Tudor3. The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois4. The Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik5. The Doll's House by Rumor Godden
A. I have re-read The Book Thief three times and on each reading find it new and emotionally overwhelming. I have also re-read the books on my favorites list numerous times. And then there's Pride and Prejudice...
A. Listen to your editor!
A. "You know what I'm afraid of?"