A. I was a professional nanny, started my own cleaning business in college, and cocktail waitressed. After college, I taught middle school language arts and adored every minute.
A. Writing, hands down, is the best job on the planet.
A. Archbishop Prendergast and Villa Joseph Marie for high school and West Chester University for college.
A. Radiohead. They're geniuses.
A. Napoleon Dynomite, gosh.
A. LOST. I miss you.
A. I love my life, my family, and writing.
A. If you want it, make it happen.
A. Being on a private tropical beach with my husband and two sons. We'd swim all day in the crystal blue water, have our lunch grilled for us and delivered, as we lounged on padded chaises. Fresh tropical drinks in our hands (non-alcoholic in the boys' hands of course, what kind of mother do you think I am?) and a live reggae band playing Jimmy Cliff and Bob to complete the mood. Wow. Want. Now.
A. Spiders. They're the creepiest things.
A. Ireland. It's the most magical place on Earth to me.
A. Rosa Parks. She stood up for justice and that is something I prided myself on while I was a teacher. I embedded the fight against injustice into every unit I taught. Every single one.
A. My mother. She taught me by example: kindness, empathy, drive, determination.
A. I'm a big fan of "so." Kind of a boring word, but sweet mother do I use it a lot.
A. Probably the big bowl of ice cream I just ate.
A. The love of exercise.
A. My children. They are the nicest human beings.
A. I suck at making new friends.
A. Making people feel comfortable.
A. I'd still be me. Maybe the skinnier me from my 20s but, still me.
A. My curly hair. People always ask me if its natural. Yep, it is.
A. Harry Potter all the way. Hands down.
A. Darth Vadar. The dude is a total badass.
A. I'd love to meet the female Egyptian pharaoh Hatshepsut. Women who rise to ultimate power in male dominated societies are, in my opinion, hardcore amounts of awesome. I'd ask her what makes her laugh...cry...feel afraid? Basic human questions. Mostly I'd just watch and observe her in action (not like a creepy stalker or anything) to see how she operates as a woman.
A. One-uppers. People who are incapable of complimenting and then try and top what you're saying or just out and out lie to top you. It's weird and I'll never understand it.
A. Teaching. I loved all twelve years in the classroom. L O V E D.
A. Writing. I know, right? Can you say, lucky??
A. Kindness, empathy, genuineness
A. I'm thinking the fajita salad from On the Border because there are so many different things in that salad that it would help bolster variety in that situation. But it would be hard to eat that for breakfast.
A. 1. Lover You Should've Come Over by Jeff Buckley 2. Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead 3. Trouble by Coldplay 4. The High Road by Broken Bells 5. You Will Leave a Mark by A Silent Film
A. Jandy Nelson, A.S. King, John Green, Sherman Alexie, J.K. Rowling, Judy Blume, Lois Lowry, James Howe, and Stephen King,
A. The Stand by Stephen King The Red Tent by Anita Diamant The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling The Giver by Lois Lowry
A. The Harry Potter series.
A. If you want it, then make it happen - write, research, write, write, write, query, write.
A. Where did you get the idea for this book?