A. Movie theater popcorn slinger, spam email writer (sorry)
A. Being a journalist/author!
A. I went to high school at Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina. Then I headed to Barnard College in New York.
A. The Cure
A. Any documentary. I can't get enough of them.
A. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
A. The truth is always stranger than fiction.
A. Sitting on my roof with a group of friends, sipping drinks and eating smores.
A. Flying. Which is not so great considering that my job as a journalist calls for me to constantly travel.
A. The Galapagos Islands!
A. "Literally" and "Just sayin'"
A. I'd bowl a perfect 300 every time.
A. Writing this book.
A. I have to pick one?
A. That I'm fascinated by people.
A. Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Mitchell, Joyce Carol Oates, Susan Orlean, Buzz Bissinger, Stefan Fatsis, Warren St. John
A. Up in the Old Hotel, The Orchid Thief, Word Freak, Slaughterhouse-Five, Where the Wild Things Are
A. Friday Night Lights
A. Get over this idea of "finding your voice." You don't find it—it just is. Just write things the way you want to write them.
A. That they love the "characters" in my book—which is exactly what I want to hear because the people I got to follow for CHEER! are amazing.
A. This book started in 2005, when I was an assistant editor at Jane Magazine and was sent to cover College Cheer Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida. Over the course of the weekend, I interviewed about 50 college cheerleaders—from a woman who played football in high school and decided to learn to cheer for college to a little person who topped his team’s pyramids. When my story about the competition ran, I felt like I’d barely scratched the surface on the topic of college cheerleading. So I had the idea to follow three teams for a year, a la Friday Night Lights.