My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you've collected nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays. I don't know about you, but I'd like to make today worth remembering.” (Prof. Harold Hill in Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN).
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Having a cup of coffee and a hamburger at the little diner in the town where I grew up-- where the waitresses still call me "honey"-- and smiling to myself knowing that lots of teens read my books, and that perhaps some of them might be inspired to to change the world (with kindness, courage, and integrity)-- like the heroes in my books-- as a result.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Like most people in the arts, I talk too much and I'm way too fascinated with myself!
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. That someday they'll close that diner!
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?