A. I waited tables until I got my first book. I'd still be waiting tables. . .
A. The one I have right now -- writing and illustrating books!
A. I went to high school in Palo Alto, near Stanford University, and went to college at U.C. Berkeley.
A. I have too many favorites to name only one.
A. I think Charade is the movie I love most. It's so well written, you can watch it over and over again. Great dialog!
A. I think The Office is hilarious. I loved Arrested Development, but it's not on anymore. I guess I like funny series.
A. Reading, Writing, Drawing!
A. I feel lucky that I get paid for what I love to do most -- write and draw. That seems like happiness to me!
A. a major earthquake on the Hayward fault, near where I live.
A. Rome -- it's my favorite city in the world!
A. When I was a kid, my role model was Leonardo da Vinci -- a man who drew and painted beautifully, but was also a scientist, curious about the natural world. I wouldn't say I identify with Leonardo, but I'd sure like to be as talented as he was!
A. I'd love to fly, like Superman.
A. I'm not sure it's great, but I'd say getting published.
A. I speak WAY too fast.
A. I'm curious about other people and cultures.
A. I can't imagine being anyone except myself.
A. My greatest flaw -- that I speak too fast.
A. There are too many, from James in James and the Giant Peach to Harry Potter.
A. I'd have to go with a great Shakespearean villain, someone like Iago or Shylock.
A. I'd love to go back in time and meet Hatshepsut, the only woman pharaoh in ancient Egypt, since I just finished my first novel, and it's about her. She could tell me everything I got wrong and maybe the few things I got right.
A. People who say, "If I had the time, I'd write a children's book." My answer to that is, "If I had the time, I'd be a brain surgeon."
A. I'm lucky enough to be doing it!
A. A great sense of humor, willingness to work hard, and curiousity about the world.
A. Pasta! But it has to be Roman style!
A. I'm into Bollywood music now, so I'd say Johnny Cue, Tandoori Nights, and some others whose titles I'd just mangle.
A. There are too many to name, but some that come to mind right away are J K Rowling, Christopher Paul Curtis, Karen Cushman, Sharon Creech, Thacher Hurd, Elisa Kleven, Elise Primavera. I could go on and on.
A. I'd have to say Shakespeare's plays -- The Tempest, Othello, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet.
A. All of the above (see Shakespeare).
A. Rewrite! Most of writing in REwriting.
A. Amelia is just like me! Since Amelia is me when I was a kid and I felt like nobody was like me, when I hear that, I think, where were you when I was a kid?
A. I wanted to play with cool science fair experiments and projects and at the same time go into the perils -- and pluses -- of working in a group.