A. Be kind to yourself. (My mom says it to me all the time, possibly because she knows I need permission.)
A. It's a tie: Scout Finch and Anne Shirley
A. Honestly, writing. I still can't believe how lucky I am. But after that, Ben and Jerry's taste tester, all the way.
A. I'm sitting on the couch with my laptop, my husband is beside me watching hockey, and my kids are sleeping peacefully in their beds. Add a pound of dark chocolate and that's heaven.
A. My mom, of course! She's smart and sweet and makes everyone feel better about themselves. Also, the woman can destroy me in an arm wrestle.