A. Teacher. I worked at Sears as a salesperson when I was in college. Makes me nicer to folks to have to stand all day and be nice to picky people.
A. Talking to students when I visit their school.
A. I went to high school in Cleveland, Ohio, and I went to college in Los Angeles, California. I like Ohio better.
A. The waltzes of Strauss make me happy. The music of Sweet Honey in the Rock makes me feel joyful.
A. The African Queen.
A. I used to like West Wing and ER and 24, but they got cancelled. I like Scandal and Grey's Anatomy and Homeland now, but they'll probably get cancelled as well. Jeopardy is a constant. It makes me feel smart.
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A. I learned to dream through reading, learned to create dreams through writing, and learned to develop dreamers through teaching. I shall always be a dreamer. Come dream with me.
A. Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It’s the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps.
A. Water. Deep water. I can't swim. Yet I love the beach. I like to LOOK at the water, not get in it!
A. At home. Seriously.
A. I'm not sure if identify is the right word, but I have a great deal of respect for Zora Neale Hurston whose writing is brilliant and whose path was difficult.
A. My parents. And Barack Obama.
A. Actually, I use actually too much.
A. I let my kids watch too much television when they were little.
A. I'd love to dance with grace and style, to move as easily as I write.
A. I'm still working on that. Every day is a new opportunity to reach another goal.
A. I'm very picky and often impatient.
A. I believe in hope and possibility. I'm a powerfully positive person.
A. I'd like to be able to fly like a bird and swim like a fish, but I wouldn't want to BE either one of those.
A. I smile often. I like people. I'm friendly.
A. Beowulf. What a man!
A. Grendel, of the Beowulf story. John Gardner gave him character and even nobility.
A. I'd like to sit down and have a conversation with women like Mary McLeod Bethune and Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman--women who fought for civil rights and women's rights. I like to thank their for their courage and leadership and let them know that they made a difference.
A. People who don't think before they speak or act really annoy me. Rude people. Mean people.
A. I'm addicted to several word games on my iphone. I play them for hours, sometimes when I'm supposed to be sleeping, or even writing!
A. I want to be Oprah. I'd be great as a talk show personality.
A. Honesty. Positive rather than negative attitude. Genuine, not fake. I appreciate smiles and hugs.
A. Chicken. Many chickens have already given their lives for me. :-)
A. What a wonderful World sung by Louis Armstrong. The Rainbow Connection sung by Kermit the Frog. Sunshine on my Shoulders sung by John Denver. Bumpin by Wes Montgomery. Brown Baby sung by Oscar Brown, Jr. Lots of others.
A. Any writer who can make a word sound as sweet as syrup or a brittle as glass. I like Diane McKinney-Whetstone and Alice Hoffman. I like Toni Morrison, but she requires thoughtful concentration. Geraldine Books is amazing.
A. Since I've read thousands of books, that's hard to answer. Two from childhood: Caddie Woodlawn by Brink. Behold your Queen by Gladys Malvern. In college I loved The Stand by Stephen King. Best Biography? Wrapped in Rainbows by Valerie Boyd. Best book I've read recently? The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman.
A. No. There are too many unread books out there. I'm always thirsty for new ones.
A. Read a thousands books, and write every single day.
A. I used to hate reading, but since I started reading your books, I think reading is pretty cool.