A. One of the jobs I had to put myself through college was in a greenhouse and that started my love of plants. After I graduated, I taught elementary school for a few years before I started writing.
A. Murray State University in Murray, KY, plus the University of New Mexico
A. Verdi. I like Andrew Lloyd Weber a lot.
A. The 1939 version of The Women. I know most of the dialogue by heart.
A. I love TV and have 30 programs set on my DVR. I like Dexter, Mad Men, The Mentalist, Supernatural, House, all the BBC programs. I watch TV and movies more than I read because when I read, I start editing in my mind and it takes the fun away from the book.
A. Queen Elizabeth I
A. I have an editor who keeps me from repeating myself. She circles the words that I use more than once on a page. Sometimes it's a real challenge to use different words. Right now, I'm trying to figure out how to say the "roar" of the alligators without using that word in every sentence.
A. That I've been able to sustain my career.
A. Right now it's my absolute hatred of aerobics. I will stand in one place and happily lift hundreds of pounds of weight, but put me on a treadmill and I am nearly insane in ten minutes.
A. My memory. I can remember, verbatim, conversations from 20 years ago.
A. That I'm short.
A. Mr. Darcy, of course.
A. I don't like bad guys.
A. I would like to meet Queen Elizabeth I and I wouldn't say a word. I'd just listen and watch.
A. People telling me something is for my own good when it's really to their advantage.
A. I like to garden and cook. My favorite days are when I start cooking at 6 a.m. while watching old movies on TV.
A. I think writing is good. You get to stay home and you can work all day or skip a day. I love looking at a blank sheet of paper and thinking that I can fill it up with anything I want to write.
A. Honesty, honesty, and honesty.
A. Berries. If it has "berry" attached to the name of it, I love it.
A. I like Grace Slick's White Rabbit, the Carmina Burana, ZZ Top.
A. I mostly read research books, but I do like murder mysteries. I read Nancy Atherton, Mary Higgins Clark, and Dorothy Cannell. I like anything about Thomas Jefferson.
A. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons.
A. Don't let your ego take over and rule you.
A. That they wish I'd write more historicals --- which I'm doing now.