Author Revealed

Revealing Questions

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

A. WONDER - starry nights - Imaginings - history's mysteries - new beginnings

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. When your dreams turn to dust ... VACUUM!

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. A perfect ending for my stories.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. REJECTION in every form

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

A. On the rocky shore of Maine

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Emily Dickinson

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Oprah Winfrey

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Godfrey! Okee Dokee; So, anyway ....

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Unfinished projects

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

A. I would be a wonderful gifted artist. Right now I can't draw anything.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My children!

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Wearing my heart on my sleeve. Ouch! Great Target!

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. My sense of humor

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

A. I'd like to be a high-flying bird. I guess I'm for the birds!

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I am demonstrative and use my hands a lot when I talk. I often knock things over.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. JOSHUA in my book, JOSHUA'S SONG

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Nasty Aunt Phoebe in my book, MIDNIGHT RIDER

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

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?

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Mean-spirited critique

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

A. Swimming

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Gold-medal figure skater

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

A. Humor, sincerity, kindness

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

A. Lobster (with lots of melted butter)

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Over the Rainbow; Moonlight Serenade; Unforgettable; Vincent; Ebb Tide

Q. How did you come to write Star in the Storm?

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!"

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