A. Babysitter, grocery store clerk, math tutor. I also worked in the training & development department and later in the legal documents processing department of a Fortune 500 company.
A. Being a mom!
A. Orem High School (in Utah) and Brigham Young University
A. John Williams - the movies wouldn't be the same without him
A. Heart and Souls
A. The Amazing Race
A. Work hard, laugh a lot, read, write, love!
A. Smile! If life is going great right now, enjoy it. If life stinks, don't worry it will change.
A. Knowing my family and close friends are healthy and happy. Spending time with them doing something fun, like floating down a river. Chocolate could very possibly be involved.
A. Disease or disaster hitting my family or other people I care about.
A. Someplace I've never been before that has a beautiful beach.
A. That woman back in the 1800's we've never heard about who worked her fingers to the bone to care for her family.
A. My parents are pretty great.
A. 'that' and 'just' - thank heavens for the 'find' feature in Word, so I can edit a bunch of them out.
A. Speaking before I think and saying something--usually as a joke--that hurt someone's feelings.
A. I'm a marginal singer and athlete--being really great at one of those would be cool.
A. My marriage to my wonderful husband and the way we've raised our four brilliant children!
A. I like to bake.
A. I like to bake.
A. I think I'll stick with Homo sapien.
A. I'm usually in a good mood--so I smile a lot :)
A. I tend to fall in love with the 'supporting hero' types, the secondary characters who do brave and amazing things but never get as much glory as they deserve--Peeta from 'The Hunger Games'; Ron, Hermione and Neville from the Harry Potter series; Zero from 'Holes'.
A. Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker from 'James and the Giant Peach' - mean, nasty, horrible women and freaky looking too!
A. I can't choose one specific person, but I think it would be cool to sit in on the Continental Congress and hear men like Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson debate. The only thing I would say to them is, "You go guys!"
A. People being rude
A. Being a mom
A. Writing novels!
A. Kindness, optimism, patience
A. Only one? I need two--pizza and chocolate.
A. Today they would be: 'Come Back to Me' by David Cook, 'According to You' by Orianthi, 'I Can Only Imagine' by Mercyme, 'Reflections' from 'Mulan', and 'Grow Old With You' from 'The Wedding Singer'
A. There are too many! Here are a few: Lois Duncan, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Mary Higgins Clark, Louis Sachar, Neal Shusterman, Scott Westerfeld.
A. Holes by Louis Sacher, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood
A. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede
A. Writing, like any thing else, takes a lot of practice, so keep working at it!
A. When is the sequel coming out? I have to answer, Sorry, there isn't one planned right now.