A. Crazy, fun, loving, busy
A. Who we love and who loves us is far more important than what we do.
A. Contentment with all one has. I think the happiest people live in the now and find joy in the moment. It's the old saying that life is a journey and so many of us keep waiting for that destination.
A. Something bad happening to someone I love.
A. The mall... Okay--I'm kidding on that one. Somewhere warm and sunny because as I type this it's about 30 degrees and we haven't seen the sun in 10 days. So somewhere warm and sunny with people I love and someone else doing the cooking!
A. Interesting...amazing...significant...matter, as in "does that matter." Oh, I recently finished a book where apparently everyone tilted their head over and over again!
A. I don't believe in regrets.
A. I would love to be able to draw or paint.
A. Personal shopper.
A. As all my friends are writers, I have learned to never, ever list favorites. I left someone out once, by accident, and I'm still hearing about it!
A. Don't give up!
A. I love your characters--they're so real.
A. I am, I confess, a serious reality TV junkie. One of my favorites is Project Runway. All that talent, to be able to create something beautiful from nothing. I knew those designers inspired me, but I couldn't figure out how to fit it in a book. I am, by nature, totally lacking in any "craft" ability. One day I was thinking about why people do what they do. About decisions and consequences, and about how much I love the Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Santa Monica, California. (I was driving to Starbucks at the time--I get many of my best ideas on the way to or from my morning latte fix.) Suddenly Megan, my heroine popped into my head. She'd made seemingly smart choices, only everything in her life had fallen spectacularly apart. I knew I wanted her to have an insane family, because they're my favorite kind to write about. And I want her to have to deal with lost dreams.