A. Actress; assistant bookstore manager (Harvard-Westlake); writer, editor, celebrity interviewer (House of Blues); website producer (abc.com)
A. The one I have right now-- writing, writing, writing
A. Richmond High School (Richmond, Indiana); Drew University (Madison, New Jersey); The American Film Institute (Los Angeles)
A. ABBA (followed distantly by Goldfrapp, Led Zeppelin, Doris Day, the Doors, Johnny Cash, Ann-Margret, George Gershwin, Peggy Lee, the Jonas Brothers, Mozart, Cheap Trick, Loretta Lynn, Aerosmith, Chopin, and the yeh-yeh girls of 1960's Paris...)
A. The Magnificent Seven, My Man Godfrey, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Awful Truth, City Lights, Sweeney Todd, The Thin Man series, You Can't Take it With You......
A. Supernatural, Flight of the Conchords, Mad Men, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Charlie's Angels, The White Shadow, Extras, Bones, Medium, Vampire Diaries...
A. Big, bold, colorful, and happy
A. Live out loud. Do unto others. Dream big. And there's nothing you can't do.
A. A wonderful day of writing. Sunshine. Movie popcorn. Friends. Family. Cats. Good hair. Laughter. Everything right in my world.
A. To be eternally separated from loved ones after death
A. Right here at my writing desk. Or traipsing through Dracula's Transylvanian castle with my best friend, exploring the ABBA Museum in Stockholm with my mother, or dancing in the streets of Havana with my boyfriend.
A. Carole Lombard and Scarlett O'Hara
A. My mother. She's a total rock star and the most loving, inspiring person I know.
A. "Absolutely." "Snacks." "Fancy." "Sexy." "Groovy." "Right?" "Can you imagine?" "My eyes (are so wide)..."
A. Singing. If only I could carry a tune... And moving objects (including myself) with my mind!
A. My human relationships; never being afraid to take chances in life; and my books, especially my first novel, Velva Jean Learns to Drive.
A. Wanting to please everyone and have them like me, and not speaking up for myself as a result
A. Spreading joy, love, and good cheer
A. I'm happy being me, but I would love to have a day to be: a spy, a Rockette, a movie star from the 1930s, a Bond Girl, a go-go dancer, a Bronte, an outlaw, Kobe Bryant, a Charlie's Angel, and a rock star
A. Alice in Wonderland, Scarlett O'Hara, and Amy March
A. I'd like to go to one of Carole Lombard's infamous parties and tell her not to get on that airplane. I'd want to lie on George Gershwin's piano while he was playing and sing a song with him. I'd like to dance with Mata Hari and exchange stories about men. I'd want to visit a film set of Charlie Chaplin's and talk to him about the creative process. I'd want to be on one of those trains robbed by Jesse James and then ask him if he ever lost sleep over his crimes. I'd want Jacqueline Cochran to teach me how to fly so I could be a WASP. I'd put myself on the ship Karluk, which I wrote about in my first book, and meet Captain Bob Bartlett, Bjarne Mamen, and William McKinlay and get to know them even better. I'd want to flirt with Houdini and Yul Brynner. I'd like to sit and just look at Lord Byron.
A. False promises and lying
A. Researcher and animal rescuer
A. I'd be a rock star by night, a spy and private detective by day. Like a Josie and the Pussycat.
A. Honesty, humor, joy in life
A. Movie popcorn
A. "Dancing Queen" (ABBA), "Cocaine Blues" (Johnny Cash), "The Unclouded Day" (hymn), "In the Mood" (Glenn Miller), "O Mio Babbino Caro" (from "Gianni Scicchi" by Puccini; sung by Kiri Te Kanawa)
A. Flannery O'Connor, Harper Lee, Anne Bronte, Jane Austen, Ellen Gilchrist, Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, Erica Jong, Louise Rennison, Lord Byron, Truman Capote, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and my mother, Penelope Niven
A. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, In Cold Blood, Little Women, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh tied with The Little Prince
A. My Wicked, Wicked Ways by Errol Flynn; I'm With the Band by Pamela des Barres; and the Georgia Nicolson series by Louise Rennison
A. Writing takes soul stamina-- work hard, write hard, have fun with it, and don't give up.
A. "What's a girl like you doing writing books about men in the Arctic?" and "I have this idea for a book..."