A. Jewelry engraver, editorial assistant, figure skating instructor, marketing and PR director.
A. Being a children's author, of course!
A. I grew up in New Jersey and never left. I graduated from West Orange High School and Rutgers College.
A. There's too many to list! But I am a sucker for 80's music, classic rock and alternative rock.
A. Forrest Gump!
A. The Muppet Show. Too bad it's no longer on TV!
A. Fun. Funny. Full of love. Busy. Always learning!
A. Laughter is the best medicine.
A. Perfect happiness is being surrounded by the people you love. Also, I believe the key to being truly happy is being content with what you have rather than always chasing after something more.
A. Heights. I get nervous on the second floor of my local mall, where the railing is glass and I can peer down into the shopper's abyss below.
A. The beach!
A. I always use the word "just". Why can't I just get over it?
A. I would love to be able to sing well enough so people don't run away screaming when I open my mouth.
A. I'm LOUD. (See talent question above.)
A. Being someone others can rely upon.
A. Honestly, I love being me.
A. Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.
A. I love being creative and I enjoy designing jewelry in my spare time.
A. This is it! I always dreamed of being a children's author.
A. Sense of humor, generosity, integrity.
A. "Band on the Run" by Paul McCartney and Wings, "The Chain" by Fleetwood Mac, "Head Over Heels" and "Sewing the Seeds of Love" by Tears for Fears, "Owner of a Lonely Heart" by Yes.
A. Roald Dahl, Judy Blume, William Steig, Joyce Carol Oates, Tom Perrotta, Ken Follett
A. I enjoy reading a wide variety of children's books and adult fiction, so it's difficult to pin it down to just five! But here goes...Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (and Six More) by Roald Dahl, That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell, CDB! by William Steig and Heat by Joyce Carol Oates.
A. Any Dahl or Oates short story collection. I also read "The Best American Short Stories" anthology every year and reread them often.
A. The more you write, the better you write.