A. Mommy - still holding on to this one for as long as they'll let me
A. Mum and writer - And I am blessed to do both!
A. Richland High School in Gibsonia, PA and Miami University in Oxford Ohio
A. Okay - I am a bit strange on this because I have two: Bruce Springsteen and Yo Yo Ma and how they connect I haven't a clue
A. It's a Wonderful Life!
A. None, nada. I love quiet.
A. A treasure of shimmering bounty and wingless angels
A. We make a living by what we do. But we make a life by what we give.
A. Warm heat rising from worn wood, cool waters lapping on rugged rocks - two girls, neither whom look like me, dancing and singing, oblivious to me the watcher, then jumping and splashing and drenching me, laughing
A. A hot elevator, stuck on the ninth floor, full of people as clausterphobic as I am
A. Under a starry sky, a table before me full of earth's food, my girls, my husband, talking, talking, talking
A. My girls
A. Love ya (but I don't care)
A. LIfe is too short for looking back or thinking of what might have been
A. To play the violin in tune, reaching notes that make one cry
A. Believing in myself and teaching my girls to do the same
A. Worry, Worry. Worry.
A. Caring for others
A. Exactly who I am
A. I like to ask lots of questions of people. I find all people fascinating!
A. Gilly Hopkins in The Great Gilly Hopkins
A. Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights
A. It would have to be my great (x9) grandmother, Abigail Faulkner who was accused of witchcraft. I would love to walk with her through the streets and have her show me where she lived and how she lived and to tell me what she now thinks about the trials she went through and the people who brought it all about.
A. Thinking that the universe centers around you
A. Reading, spending time with my girls, dinner with my husband
A. I'm living it - everyday and in my dreams, too
A. Honesty, Peacefulness, Generosity of spirit
A. Lobster, off the boat, seawater dripping from its claws
A. Born to Run, Netherlands, Living in a Moment, Memories of Us, The One to Know
A. Natalie Babbit, Wallace Stegner, Anya Seton, Jennifer Donnelly, Laura Halse Anderson, Barbara Kingsolver, JK Rowling (of course), Jean Blum, Jennifer Holm, David Almond, Kate DiCamillo - Oh I could go on and on and on and on.
A. Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbit Crossing to Safety - Wallace Stegner Katherine - Anya Seton To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
A. Any of the above
A. Don't give up! Never give up! Believe in yourself and just keep trying!
A. What happened to Abby's mom? (Hint: Read the Author's Note!)
A. My father discovered the story of Abigail Faulkner when doing geneological research on my family. Abigail, my great-grandmother (nine times back) was ten years of age and accused of witchcraft. To make things even stranger, it turns out that I was living on land my great-grandfather (Abigail's grandfather) had owned - and I didn't even know it! Who could ignore the call to write this story!