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

A. Good sense of humor. Terrible sense of direction.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Aspire for dessert.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Having dinner on the beach with my family on a balmy summer evening. Watching the sun go down and knowing that the next day's headlines will read "World Peace."

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. It's hard to quantify my fears. I don't want any to feel neglected by picking just one as my greatest.

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

A. Somewhere tropical

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Michele Obama

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Henry, stop barking!

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not learning a second and third and fourth language

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

A. I wish I could sing without everyone in the room fleeing

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Having a child. Sounds cliche, but it's true.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. My inability to make a decision

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I'm nice

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

A. E.B. White

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My height

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Charlotte

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Tony Soprano

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

A. Albert Einstein. Please explain. I don't understand.

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

A. Making documentaries

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Lounge singer

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

A. Honesty, humor, intelligence

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

A. Ice cream

Q. How did you come to write My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life?

A. I got the idea for My Mom is Trying to Ruin My Life after stopping by my daughter’s school on an unexpectedly warm day, the kind of day that starts with a chill but turns into a scorcher. I walked into the cafeteria where Maddy was eating lunch with her friends. I held up her favorite pink shorts and said, “I thought you might be hot, so I brought you these.” Maddy responded by giving me the look. I’m sure many parents are familiar with the look. It’s the “what are you doing to me” look. It’s the “I can’t believe you’re embarrassing me like this” look. She said, “I’m okay. I don’t need the shorts.” But her look said, “Mom, tell me you’re not really standing there in front of my friends holding up a pair of pink shorts.” I took the shorts home, sat down at my computer and started writing a story about a well-intentioned mother who is a terrible embarrassment to her daughter.

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