My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Love well. Serve well. Share well.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Meg, from A Wrinkle in Time.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Alfred Nobel.
When that guy was trying to invent dynamite, his factory blew up, his brother died, his dad had a stroke, the city of Stockholm kicked him out, ships blew up, the San Francisco docks exploded, and yet he kept going. Dynamite was used to blow up thousands more people. And then Alfred got old and -- possibly in a crisis of conscience -- established the Nobel prizes.
I'd just like to take him by the ears and say, "what the h-e-double-hockey-sticks were you thinking? And what kind of person are you, anyway?"
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. I would have made an excellent medieval queen. Oooh... the power! The control! Cue evil laughter...
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. It's always tricky balancing writing with real life. To be perfectly happy, I have to be tapping away at my laptop in a coffee shop, with a latté steaming beside me.
I have to be far, far away from my laptop, maybe on snowshoes with my family, surrounded by forest, forced to focus on the moment!