A. Teacher, Christmas card folder, file clerk, ice cream scooper
A. being a writer
A. University of California, Davis
A. Pretty darn good. I can't imagine being bored.
A. You pretty much get what you give.
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.
A. I'm not so thrilled about pain and death.
A. Right here, at home. Or France. Or the Arctic Circle. Or. . .
A. Man, I have no idea. Man. Geez, what a question. Man.
A. Regrets are best used in writing books.
A. I would love to be an accomplished pianist - or can I fly?
A. Physically? I hope it's my smile.
A. I've always loved Anne of Green Gables.
A. I'm not much for villains, but Captain Hook scared me and Golum from the Lord of the Rings haunted me.
A. People who don't do what they say.
A. Exploring back roads.
A. Zoo keeper
A. honesty, kindness, humor
A. sweet tamales - or fresh crab or mangos or avacados or chocolate. Please, do I have to pick?
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.