A. I was a babysitter, a cashier, an office assistant, a data-entry double-checker, a writer of website copy, an editorial assistant, and a secretary.
A. This one, obviously ;-)
A. High school - Charlotte Country Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina | College - Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
A. Right now, it's Regina Spektor, but my tastes have changed a lot since I was a kid. When I was in elementary school, it was Mariah Carey.
A. The Philadelphia Story (with Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart)
A. Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Or of the still running variety, Doctor Who
A. My inner twelve year old reigns - almost always. :-)
A. Written on the cover of my journal: "I go to seek a Great Perhaps." - François Rabelais (via John Green)
A. A sunny day, a cup of coffee, a comfy armchair, and a book or notebook in my hands - with an adventure just finished up (or right on the horizon). Or an exceptionally tasty meal with good friends and/or family.
A. Getting buried alive. *shudders*
A. Funny you should ask! I just took an epic road trip to find the next place I wanted to live, so I recently settled exactly where I wanted - Portland, Oregon.
A. My mom (Yes, I know everybody says this, but I do.)
A. like whoa - a synonym for "a lot" | super - as a synonym for "very" or "really"
A. Right now, I really regret staying up so late. And I regret not drinking more coffee this morning.
A. I would LOVE to be able to be able to roll my "r's." I'm the only one in the family who can't do it. The best I can manage is a weird coo.
A. Not taking myself too seriously. :-)
A. I have a temper like a volcano. No activity above the surface for eons, but when I finally erupt, it causes a natural disaster.
A. I'm a very good friend. (NOTE: I asked around. A couple of my friends confirmed this before I wrote it here.)
A. My laugh. It can bust eardrums, though - my friends will warn you.
A. Meg Murray from A WRINKLE IN TIME
A. Bellatrix Lestrange from the HARRY POTTER series
A. I hate it when extremely intelligent people use their smarts for evil, like bullying someone.
A. I love to explore. I love seeing new places. I'll take a walk without any particular destination and discover where wandering takes me. Runner's up: reading, baking (especially scones), knitting, skiing
A. Is this a trick question? Writing kids' books is my fantasy profession. (What author answers this questions differently???)
A. 1. Genuineness (it grates on my last nerve when people act fake.) 2. Kindness, especially to kids 3. A good sense of humor
A. MACARONI & CHEESE! With a really tart green apple on the side. :-)
A. 1. "Hero," by Regina Spektor 2. "Paint It Black," by the Rolling Stones 3. "The Dress Looks Nice on You," by Sufjan Stevens 4. "Little Lion Man," by Mumford & Sons 5. "Shake It Out," by Florence + the Machine -- You can check iTunes for confirmation. (I've played the first one 655 times in the past 3 years.)
A. From childhood to more recent times: Tamora Pierce, Madeliene L'Engle, Robin McKinley, Gail Carson Levine, J. K. Rowling, C. S. Lewis, Meg Cabot, Phillip Pullman, Neil Gaiman, Brian Selznick, Kristen Cashore, Rick Riordan, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Taylor, Melina Marchetta, Suzanne Collins, Sarah Addison Allen, John Green...Really, this list only grows and grows. The book world is filled with awesome authors, and I feel like I've only discovered a fraction of them.
A. - The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley- A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L'Engle- Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine- The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss- The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (Yeah, only one adult book made the list. I know that's not terribly shocking.)
A. Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine - it's like my comfort book when I'm sick.
A. Know that you have to start somewhere, and nothing is stopping you from starting today.
A. "I laughed" - and then a story about how laughing led them to something else, like spitting out their coffee or a husband/roommate/friend asking what's so funny.