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).
A. Jane Eyre or Sherlock Holmes.
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.
A. Honesty and loyalty-- I hope.
A. Well, I think that there's a piece of me in every character out of history that I write about. Actually, it's the opposite, since they came first! I certainly don't claim to resemble anyone "great". The people I most admire out of history, though, for their talents and accomplishments, or virtues-- or both-- include: Abraham Lincoln, Fred Astaire, Martin Luther King, Jr., Judy Garland, Buddy Holly, Frank Sinatra, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and many others.