Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Mom, Teacher, Writer, Sister, Dog-Lover, Mac Addict
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Always fight for your happiness!
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. A week with my enormous family on the beach with our dogs, wifi (of course!), an endless supply of books, and my laptop.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. One time, when I was in the shower, I washed my face with a washcloth (like normal). After washing my face, I open the washcloth to rinse it out and there was a scorpion! I screamed and jumped out of the shower! Would you believe that scorpion didn't sting me? *shiver*
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. On the island of Kauai in Hawaii, you can actually smell the pineapples growing the fields! Imagine smelling that sweet citrus and hearing the Hawaiian surf crash onto the beach. Heaven!
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Maya Angelou is a woman who wrote incredibly powerful poems that empowered women to be who they were meant to be without apology. Girl power!
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Erin Gruwell transformed a group of students who had been written off by their other teachers, their parents, and society. She taught them how to express themselves in a non-violent matter. She showed them that every life matters! Check out the movie "Freedom Writers" to learn more about it. It's amazing!
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Really? (no, really, that's the one I use the most). Seriously! (that's another one).
Q. What do you regret most?
A. I passed up a college scholarship in vocal performance for the wrong reasons!
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I would do almost anything to be psychic!
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I can be incredibly impatient.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I can laugh about even the worst situations.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I've never really thought about who or what I'd rather be than myself. I love my life and wouldn't trade a single second of it for anything!
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird" is such a symbol of strength, integrity, and honor in the face of social and legal challenges. He valued every life, not just that of a white man.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Hannibal Lecter is so smart, so diabolical, and so truly evil that I can't watch the movie without a solid week of nightmares.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Never Say Goodbye by Bon Jovi, Piano Man by Bill Joel, Mama Mia by ABBA, One and Only by Adele, and my all-time favorite, Time After Time as sung by Eva Cassidy
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. I will read absolutely anything by Jen Lancaster and Jodi Picoult!Jen Lancaster is the queen of sarcasm in her series of semi-autobiographical novels. The first book in the series, Bitter is the New Black, is positively hysterical.Jodi Picoult astounds me with her ability to delve into the dark side of human nature as well as the redeeming value of love and loyalty. Reading her books is sometimes an uncomfortable enjoyment because she makes us look at the people we really are and decide if that's good enough.
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. I don't reread books. Is that wrong? As much as I love a particular book, I always want to read something new. It would take me two lifetimes to get through my "to be read" list.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Write every day.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. They feel the same way my characters do about fitting in and accepting who they are. It's moving to know my writing has made girls more confident.