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About Suzanne Morgan Williams

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 8/12

Q. Previous occupations

A. Teacher, Christmas card folder, file clerk, ice cream scooper

Q. Favorite job

A. being a writer

Q. High school and/or college

A. University of California, Davis

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Pretty darn good. I can't imagine being bored.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. You pretty much get what you give.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Oh, there's a joyful place that I've come to recognize. It's sun reflecting off a mountain lake, or playing with my dog and forgetting everything else. It's knowing our kids are happy. Knowing I finished something well - especially if it was hard to do. Being with friends and laughing until we can't remember what was funny to begin with. For me, happiness is measured in moments.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. I'm not so thrilled about pain and death.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Right here, at home. Or France. Or the Arctic Circle. Or. . .

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Man, I have no idea. Man. Geez, what a question. Man.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Regrets are best used in writing books.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I would love to be an accomplished pianist - or can I fly?

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Physically? I hope it's my smile.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. I've always loved Anne of Green Gables.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. I'm not much for villains, but Captain Hook scared me and Golum from the Lord of the Rings haunted me.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People who don't do what they say.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Exploring back roads.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Zoo keeper

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. honesty, kindness, humor

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. sweet tamales - or fresh crab or mangos or avacados or chocolate. Please, do I have to pick?

Q. How did you come to write Bull Rider?

A. Writing about rodeo is a natural for me because I live in Nevada with horses and cows across the street and cowboys for neighbors. I can't remember when I saw my first horse show or rodeo. Bull Rider started out as a book for very young readers about Cam O'Mara who wanted to be a bull rider but his mother said no. But it was the brother I created for Cam - Ben, who was injured in Iraq - whose story I kept coming back to. When I figured out that Bull Rider was the story of the two brothers, I knew it needed to be a book for older readers and the book you know began to take shape.

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