A. Mom, Teacher, Writer, Sister, Dog-Lover, Mac Addict
A. Always fight for your 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.
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*
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!
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!
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!
A. Really? (no, really, that's the one I use the most). Seriously! (that's another one).
A. I would do almost anything to be psychic!
A. I can be incredibly impatient.
A. I can laugh about even the worst situations.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
A. Write every day.
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.