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Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Too strange and awkwardly hilarious for even television

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall."-Robert Louis Stevenson

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Sleeping in, quality writing time, eating good food, seeing family and friends, traveling the world, laughing a LOT.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. How about second greatest? The dark.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Europe. I've been to England and France but there are still so many great places to see!

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Strong female personalities, like The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Calamity Jane

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My mom. If I had just 1/100th of her patience and wisdom...

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Fabulous, Awwww, Like, So

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Hitting so many cars when I was a bus driver

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Singing. In actuality, my vocal range is limited to songs that sound like people talking. So...rap, basically

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Getting published!

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I worry too much. This can be both a blessing and a curse as an author, because I can come up with all sorts of creative worrisome situations.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Perfectionism. I won't stop until I've mastered something.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I'd be me but a billion (tax-free) dollars richer.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My smile. It's huge and lop-sided when I'm sincerely happy.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Captain Mal Reynolds from Firefly

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Severus Snape (yes, yes, he was actually good) from Harry Potter

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I'd love to meet Dale Carnegie and tell him what an amazing impact he's had on my life.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People who don't even try.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. My favorite occupation would be cooking, if someone else cleans it up. I loooove food.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Actress, mainly for the money. I'm not ashamed to admit it.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Kindness, sense of humor, loyalty

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Chocolate

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Defying Gravity, Make 'Em Laugh, She's So Lovely, One Girl Revolution, anything by Pink

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