A. book editor, children's and young adult fiction
A. writing fiction for teens!
A. I went to a Jewish day school for high school called Solomon Schechter, and I went to Tufts University for college.
A. FAVORITE? I'm a big fan of The Wrens and The Kimballs--two NJ-based indie bands. Does that work?
A. Anything Kubrick.
A. Anything cheesy reality, anything medical drama, anything police procedural. I'm easy that way.
A. coffee, keyboard, sunshine, dogwalks, catnaps, coffee, keyboard, coffee.
A. "Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia."--E.L. Doctorow
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.
A. Running out of story ideas. And heights.
A. Right this very second I am sitting on a cozy couch overlooking the swimming pool and the sun-drenched InterCoastal here in Palm Beach--not too many complaints.
A. I don't know that I identify with her per se, but I grew up reading the "Little House" stories and I was fascinated by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
A. I am in awe of the entire faculty at Vermont College of the Fine Arts, where I received my MFA in writing for children and young adults. Brilliant minds, all of them, and amazing mentors.
A. You tell me--I'm sure you'll find them in my books!
A. I always wished I'd learned to play a musical instrument when I was younger. These days I'm way too busy/lazy/old.
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.
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.
A. "High-strung" would be putting it kindly.
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.
A. Um, me, but maybe a few inches taller and less inclined to oversleep in the morning and to bite my nails.
A. Some people say I'm funny. Also, I get very very tan in the summer.
A. It's always changing depending on what I've read lately. I was blown away by THE HUNGER GAMES and Katniss. Wasn't everyone? I also loved Tabitha of the upcoming PURE.
A. If you will permit me a moment of immodesty, I'd say Paige Andrews from my own Bradford Novels series. She's a mean, mean girl, and I love her!
A. I have some thoughts about this--but they are for me to know and you to (maybe) find out!
A. It drives me bonkers when my fiance leaves his sneakers on the living room floor. I also can't stand excessive air-conditioning. I'm one of those annoying people who is always cold.
A. Teaching and editing, or some combination thereof. Both take me out of my own head and enhance my work.
A. Are you kidding? Teen novelist!
A. 1) loyalty 2) determination/hard work 3) creativity
A. Chocolate or coffee. I suppose some sort of hybrid cafe mocha-type beverage.
A. Whatever my hipster brother has loaded onto my ipod most recently. Lately I've been listening to a lot of Regina Spektor.
A. This could be a while! Way too many to name; I read books like some people drink water. I just finished my MFA and some of my faves from my program include: Carrie Jones, Louise Hawes, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Kathi Appelt, Kelly Bingham, Emily Wing Smith, Varian Johnson, the soon-to-be published Mariana Baer, Jill Santopolo, Mikki Knudsen... Some of my favorites from my own writing class: Shani Petroff, Taylor Morris, and Heather Duffy Stone... And from the file marked "misc:" Scott Westerfeld, Justine Larbalestier, Gayle Foreman, John Green, Maureen Johnson, Judy Goldschmidt, Rachel Cohn, Lynn Weingarten, Aimee Friedman, David Levithan, etc., etc., etc. I could literally go on forever. Thank goodness, there are SO MANY great books and talented writers out there.
A. This is a hard one. My best attempt: 1. Bridget Jones' Diary, Helen Fielding 2. On Writing, Stephen King 3. Different Seasons, Stephen King 4. Feed, MT Anderson 5. Holes, Louis Sachar
A. I read "Bridget Jones' Diary" at least once a year. I usually need it for a laugh when I'm struck with a dreaded winter flu.
A. The only way to be a writer is to write. Don't worry (at least, not for a while) about getting published. Just put butt in chair and (proverbial) pen to paper.
A. I get a lot of questions about whether or not there is a sequel planned for "30 Guys in 30 Days" (not as of this interview, sorry!). People really want to know what happens to Claudia in the long-term.