A. Full of music, cats, books . . . it's all good!
A. Write like your fingers are on fire.
A. I love being in my own studio and home. No other place is quite so sweet.
A. Mary Breckenridge--she loved babies, and so do I.
A. Michelle Obama.
A. Um, er, like, yep.
A. Where to start?
A. I would love to play the piano.
A. My two smart and talented sons. Not sure I can really take credit for them, but I'm in awe of them.
A. I'm not too good at waiting. So, impatience would definitely be my Achilles heel.
A. I like to think that I'm a good listener.
A. A thinner me.
A. I've been told that I have a distinctive laugh.
A. Black Beauty.
A. Cruella deVille
A. Like I said, I hate to wait.
A. I'd love to be a radio disc jockey.
A. Tolerance, creativity, humor.
A. Macaroni and cheese
A. "Tis a Gift to be Simple," a Shaker song; "Here Comes the Sun," the Beatles; "Eyes of Blue," Ken Appelt; "Tom Cat Trouble," by Tim Henderson; "St. Francis Fire," by Idgy Vaughn
A. Cynthia Rylant, Katherine Paterson, M.T. Anderson, Toni Morrison, Billy Collins, Robert Pinksky, Mary Oliver, Alison McGhee, Kimberly Willis Holt, Maurice Sendak, so many it's hard to think of all of them.
A. "To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee "Beloved," Toni Morrison "The Magician's Apprentice," Ann Patchett "Missing May," Cynthia Rylant "Bridge to Terabithia," Katherine Paterson
A. "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues," by Tom Robbins
A. Write like crazy, write all the time.
A. How do you come up with your ideas?
A. Over the three years that it took to write this book, I dove into my past, including the animals and pets that I had known, people who had come and gone, and a mysterious place--East Texas--where I had lived as a young woman. The novel began as a short story set on a fictional creek, The Little Sorrowful, and grew from there. I think about the process as similar to making taffy. I had to keep pulling and twisting to bring it all to the page. And as I pulled, the story began to take shape until it became what it is today.