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About Michelle Meadows

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 5/4

Q. Previous occupations

A. I've mostly worked in writing and public relations for my whole career.

Q. Favorite job

A. Writing books for kids!

Q. High school and/or college

A. I went to Georgetown Visitation High School in Washington, D.C., and Syracuse University in New York.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. I love Adel

Q. Favorite movie

A. I love Over the Hedge.

Q. Favorite television show

A. Grey's Anatomy

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. blessed, simple, happy, sometimes hectic, filled with love

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. good thing there is no limit to the imagination

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness is knowing that my son is happy.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Being lost--which is why I wrote Itsy Bitsy Baby Mouse

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. near a beach

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. I identify with all the brave ones who fought for civil rights.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. I admire my parents.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Totally!

Q. What do you regret most?

A. No regrets!

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Singing--it would be very cool to have a lovely singing voice.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Writing for children

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I tend to be a perfectionist which means I am hard on myself and may occasionally drive the people around me crazy.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I think I am a considerate person who has compassion for others.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I might like to be a puppy but only for a couple of hours.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Creativity

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Wonder Woman

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. The Joker in Batman

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I would want to meet Martin Luther King. I'm not sure what I would say--I would be nervous!

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. When someone breaks a promise--I like it when people do what they say they will do. I try to do this myself.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. editing

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I wish I could write children's books full-time. But for now, I have a day job.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. loyalty, honesty, sincerity

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. pepperoni pizza

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Red, red wine; 1999; Lovesong; Little Red Corvette; Boom Boom Pow

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Eileen Spinelli, Judy Sierra, Judy Blume, Cynthia Rylant

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. 1.Here Comes the Year by Eileen Spinelli 2.Deenie by Judy Blume 3.There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar 4.Wild About Books by Judy Sierra 5. The Lighthouse Family by Cynthia Rylant

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Write what you love to read.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. That they love the lyrical quality of my books--quite a compliment!

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