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Author Revealed

Revealing Questions

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

A. Writer, reader, and thinker of copious random thoughts.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Love well. Serve well. Share well.

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.OR...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!

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Earthquakes. I have a serious fear of seismic activity.

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

A. Ironically, considering the answer to question five, I love, love, love Vancouver, and wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

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. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Margaret Atwood. She single-handedly changed the face of a nation's literature. And have you ever heard her speak? Everything that comes out of her mouth is brilliant. Wait... I changed my mind. I think I hate her. She's really skewing the bell curve for the rest of us.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "But." BUT, it's not my fault. I'd like to be more unilateral, BUT there are a lot of variables in life.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not attending my grandpa's funeral. I was having a little (decade-long) self-absorbed stage.

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

A. Musical literacy

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Writing a novel. Woot!

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I am the worst correspondent on earth, and communicate only with friends who live in my city. Mainly, with those who live in a five-block radius.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Hey, I'm a small-town girl. We don't go around bragging.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Dr. Seuss was pretty convincing when he said I wouldn't want to be a potato. I'm happy to be me.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I'm not highly noticeable. There's a dad at my daughter's school... I've seen him several mornings a week now for four years, and he got my name wrong last week. He thought I was Leanne. Thanked me for the flowers...

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Meg, from A Wrinkle in Time.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. The Gruffalo. (What do you mean he's not a villain? Some of use are easily frightened, okay?)

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. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. There are so many! It's a battle to control my irritable Virgo side.

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

A. People-watching. Is that an occupation?

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Writer.

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

A. Generosity, affection, empathy.

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

A. Cheese

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. I know some Motley Crue and Guns N' Roses songs from high school. That's when I stopped listening to music. It's better for everyone that way, really.

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