A. WONDER - starry nights - Imaginings - history's mysteries - new beginnings
A. When your dreams turn to dust ... VACUUM!
A. A perfect ending for my stories.
A. REJECTION in every form
A. On the rocky shore of Maine
A. Emily Dickinson
A. Oprah Winfrey
A. Godfrey! Okee Dokee; So, anyway ....
A. Unfinished projects
A. I would be a wonderful gifted artist. Right now I can't draw anything.
A. My children!
A. Wearing my heart on my sleeve. Ouch! Great Target!
A. My sense of humor
A. I'd like to be a high-flying bird. I guess I'm for the birds!
A. I am demonstrative and use my hands a lot when I talk. I often knock things over.
A. JOSHUA in my book, JOSHUA'S SONG
A. Nasty Aunt Phoebe in my book, MIDNIGHT RIDER
A. Margaret Gage, wife of General Thomas Gage (1775). See my book MIDNIGHT RIDER. I would ask her if she REALLY did betray her husband and was she REALLY an informer for the Sons of Liberty?
A. Mean-spirited critique
A. Gold-medal figure skater
A. Humor, sincerity, kindness
A. Lobster (with lots of melted butter)
A. Over the Rainbow; Moonlight Serenade; Unforgettable; Vincent; Ebb Tide
A. During World War II, my mom, a nurse, went to a small Newfoundland out port to take care of her terminally ill younger brother. It was an unusually hot summer and the fishing village had no electricity -- therefore there was no refrigeration. Her brother begged for ice water -- a glass of water filled with clinking ice. A little girl happened to walk by his window and heard him crying for ice water. She climbed into a boat and rowed out -- to an iceberg! After chipping ice from the huge berg (a dangerous escapade on her part!) she brought a bucketful back to shore for my mother's brother. He was so grateful to her. When I heard this true story years later, I knew that some day her kind act should be told in a story, and I wanted to be the one to write it! My mom also told me about a brave Newfoundland dog who carried a line out to a sinking ship during a wild storm. He saved over a hundred passengers. When I became a writer, I wove these true events into my story, STAR IN THE STORM. But it would be seventeen years before my book was accepted and published. STAR IN THE STORM won the Henry Bergh ASPCA Award; the Disney Award; and several other awards. This proved to me that "if you can dream it, you can achieve it!"