A. I'd like to be a better writer. Also a younger one. :)
A. Right now? The lack of objectivity in the news and the idea that people are getting more of their news from sources that share their own viewpoint. I feel like as a society, we are losing some of the bridges between each other, and that leads to less sympathy and empathy as well. It's why I love that kids still devour books. Fiction in print and on the screen provides a common denominator we desperately need.
A. The Wicked Witch from the Wizard of Oz. Man, school has to really suck when you have green skin. But she put on striped socks, collected an army of minions, and ran with it.
A. Usually the one I am writing about or reading about in any given moment. The ones I keep coming back to are Lizzy Bennett, D'Artagnan, Lyra from Phillip Pullman's Dark Materials, the elephant child with his "'satiable curiosity, and Puck Connolly from THE SCORPIO RACES. As far as sexy heroes? I do love Eight Beaufort, probably because I know him better than any hero I've ever read about. Also, there's a love interest coming up in book two of HEIRS OF WATSON ISLAND that I'm half in love with myself.