Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Rich in family, friends, music, and words!
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Listen to your heart and live your dreams.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Heights! I won't be climbing any mountains soon.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Put me by a lake where I could swim or fish, take walks or just sit in a comfy spot to read and write.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. I share a birthday and an interest in medicine with Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in the United States.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I am not a tidy person so my desk is always a mess.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. People who are always late—and make me wait!
On Books and Writing
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. These are the picture books that made me want to write for children: Seventeen Kings and 42 Elephants by Margaret Mahy, illus. by Patricia MacCarthy The Big Alfie and Annie Rose Storybook by Shirley Hughes Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood and Don Wood A Year of Birds by Ashley Wolff
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. To Kill a Mockingbird
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Don’t wait for your house to be tidy or your life to be in order before you start—write now!