A. I worked in publishing, in a library, in a doctor's office, in a newspaper, at a veterinarian's and for a memorable two days I had the distinction of being the worst waitress in the world!
A. Writer, definitely!
A. In Ireland. We don't call it high school here - I always thought cheerleaders only existed in the movies!
A. It's very hard to choose, but I like Sarah McLachlan a lot.
A. Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Really! It is the greatest love story of our time, and totally deep.)
A. I love Gossip Girl! I still miss Veronica Mars, though.
A. A whirlwind of excitement! With tea and cake.
A. I may not agree with a word you say, but would defend to the death your right to say it was Voltaire's first, but it's a good one!
A. A cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows, a book with that new-book smell I'm half-way through and really loving, and of course, Jake Gyllenhall asking me if I need any more marshmallows.
A. I have this awful fear of seaweed. I once read a book where a magical storm caused seaweed to rise up and eat a girl, and I still eye big clumps of seaweed warily when I go on walks down the beach.
A. on a cruise ship around the Caribbean islands, with Jake Gyllenhall naturally by my side, bringing me an iced lemonade
A. Grainne the Pirate Queen. Once she locked her husband out of his castle, and declared that it was hers now. We've all had days like that!
A. Mary Robinson, the first woman president of Ireland!
A. I call people 'petal' all the time. My postman is very confused by this.
A. I took a lot of dares as a child. I regret in order the incident with the train, the incident with the harbour, and especially the incident with the open window and the nun.
A. Sneakiness. Then I could creep about like a ninja: I could steal Philip Pullman's ideas for books, and he wouldn't even notice...
A. Abseiling in six inch heels! (Secretly, my first book, but the abseiling was pretty impressive.)
A. I tend to get over-excited and very, very loud. I rein myself in when people flinch and dogs start howling
A. I can find the fun in most situations.
A. I might be a teapot. I'd enjoy always being full of tea.
A. My wondrous beauty! Er, perhaps not... My height and my shocking ability to work vampires into almost any conversation.
A. Colin Craven of Frances Hodgson Burnett's the Secret Garden. Blond, daddy issues, rules the world from his sickbed... my kind of guy. Tied with Darcy, because everyone loves Darcy.
A. I really love Gaston from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. He has the best villain song ever! There's also Shakespeare's Richard III, who was terribly charming. (Villains often are...)
A. I would meet Richard III, and I'd say 'Seriously though, did you kill the Princes in the Tower? This is for posterity, so be honest.'
A. People who say they don't like a particular genre of books - there are such excellent books in every genre, it's like someone saying they don't like pie!
A. Reading in a bubble bath. It's lucky my housemates sometimes need the bathroom, otherwise I might never get any writing done.
A. Writing! Really. When I was five I wanted to be a ballet dancer, but by six the dream job was set.
A. Loyalty, humour and dedication
A. Pie. There's a lot of variety in pie - my favourite kind being darby pie, which is basically chocolate chip cookie dough pie.
A. The Little Things by Danny Elfman, Venetia Teng's Harbour, The Book of Love by such heights, Hero by Bonnie Tyler, So Macho by sinitta. (I'm not kidding about those last two!)
A. I've always been fascinated by demons, which are creatures of fire in Sumerian myth and creatures of air in Shakespeare's plays. Then I went rambling through England on a walking holiday and heard a lot of scary stories, and saw a documentary about wolves. Demons, wolves and scary things happening in the ordinary-seeming modern England - I had a book! I just had to write it.