My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. "Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia."--E.L. Doctorow
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I would LOVE to be able to dance. Lovelovelove. I took tap and ballet as a teen, but neither quite "stuck." I love to watch all forms of dance.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Well, that kind of depends on one's priorities, no? I'm still pretty astounded to be making a living writing books for teens--definitely a lifelong dream of mine.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I'm a little bulldog. Seriously, I'm quite determined when it comes to the things that are important to me. I'm dedicated to my close friends, I will work round the clock to turn a manuscript in, I will reach out to help emerging writers in whom I believe...you get the picture.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Oh, that one's too easy: a day in bed with no deadlines looming, a stack of books I want to read, my doggie, my fiance, and some good movies on demand. Oh, and an endless supply of coffee.