A. I was an English teacher both in a University and in high school. I was also Faculty Chair and part of the faculty in the Vermont College of Fine Arts Master of Fine Arts program in Writing for Children and Young Adults
A. Writing, writing, writing!
A. I went to LaSalle-Peru High School, LaSalle-Peru-Oglesby Junior College, the University of Missouri and the University of Oklahoma
A. I have a hard time with favorites. I like a range of music, movies, books, etc.
A. I rarely watch television.
A. Challenging, fulfilling, interesting, filled with gratitude and hope
A. Life is a gift.
A. A blue sky, lots of trees around, some water, someone I love close by . . . and, of course, a small dog enjoying it all, too.
A. Running out of stories I want to write . . . but it doesn't seem to be happening.
A. Right here in my home in front of my computer looking out the window at a spruce tree.
A. The women who homesteaded the upper plains in the Midwest.
A. But and and.
A. I've made lots of misteps in my life, but there isn't much I regret, because all brought me to this moment.
A. I would love to be able to sing and to draw, to do carpentry and to fix a motor, but I have to be content with playing with words.
A. Arriving intact in my eighth decade, still open, still learning, still glad to be here.
A. I care about and am interested in other people.
A. Just me.
A. Pretty quiet.
A. Gilly Hopkins
A. Walking outside and cooking.
A. The one I have. I wouldn't choose another.
A. Emotional honesty, openness, empathy.
A. Read, read, read and keep writing and revising and writing.