My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Anything worth having takes everything you've got
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Thomas Jefferson. I wrote a biography about him, and found him to be a fascinating, brilliant, complex person. I would love to get his impressions of the global marketplace, modern politics, and the first African-American president of the United States.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Stick-to-it-iveness. I don't give up easily.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Amelia Earhart
Q. What do you regret most?
A. That I can't, or don't, get all of the ideas in my head on the page
March 18, 2013Did you ever look at something but not really see it? That was my relationship with birds for the longest time. I knew the basics. I could tell a robin from a crow from a blue jay, but that was about it. I longed to know more, but never seemed to have the time (or take the time) to learn. When my husband and I bought our first house, I plunked a monstrosity of a bird house (mansion?) in the middle of the lawn, filled it with 20 pounds of seed, and waited for the birds to come. They didn’t.
In my eagerness to commune with nature, I had not done my homework. I didn’t know that birds need cover; they look for trees to shade and... see more
November 12, 2012When I was kid, the moment the first fall leaf crunched underfoot, I had Halloween on the brain. I spent as much time as possible contemplating, debating, soliciting opinions, deciding, having second thoughts, and re-deciding about what costume to wear for that spooky, magical occasion. I drove my family nuts. But I had a pretty good reason.
At my elementary school, we had an annual Halloween parade. You brought your costume to school in a bag and for the final hour of the day, you changed into it and joined the parade of other kids. You strolled from one classroom to the next, showing off your costume and collecting goodies from the... see more
November 12, 2012November brings to mind so many things that are good for the soul: gold and red leaves swirling in the wind, warm pumpkin pie fresh from the oven, and gathering with friends and family to give thanks for our blessings.
For me, November also means love.
When I was a freshman in college, I planned to major in journalism so I thought it would be a good idea to join the student-run TV station. At the first meeting, I, being new and shy, sat in the back of a packed room. The male and female students running the meeting were doing fine, though I noticed that whenever anyone had a question that required anything beyond the most basic... see more
September 05, 2012I love chatting about my life outside of writing here, but since today is launch day for my new tween novel, Stealing Popular, I thought I'd deviate and share a bit about the book.
The story revolves around 12 year-old Coco Sherwood, a Navy brat who’s seen the inside of many schools in a short amount of time. She notices that at each school she attends the social pattern always seems to be the same: a small group of popular kids dictating the rules for everyone else. When Coco’s first real friends fall victim to this same oppression, she decides to take matters into her own hands, taking from the... see more