Author Revealed

Revealing Questions

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

A. Life: Hang on tight. It's a wild ride.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. What you believe shapes who you become!

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Temple Grandin. She's an amazing woman and an author. She is also a professor at Colorado State Universtiy and she's autistic.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "I'll be done in five minutes." I say this a lot when I'm in the middle of writing and my kids want to go somewhere.

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

A. Playing the piano. I like to compose music but I'm very slow at it. If I could play the piano, it would help. I was a music composition major for about five minutes in college, but I was very slow at sight reading so I switched to music therapy and eventually speech pathology.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Three fantastic kids.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. When I'm writing I become hyper-focused on my story and I sometimes forget other things... like sleep, food, exercise, the location of my car keys, and when I last watered the tomato plant. Fortunately, I don't forget my family. They're louder than the tomato plant.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. When I'm writing I become hyper-focused which allows me to tune out a thousand distractions.

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

A. A cat. They're comfortable anywhere. I'm really a dog person, but I wouldn't want to be a dog.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Joan Wilder, the main character in the movie "Romancing the Stone." She's an author who spends all her time glued to her computer until she's forced into a wild adventure in South America. She dreams of romance and adventure, but doesn't really want to take the risks involved in either.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Annie Wilkes from the novel MISERY by Stephen King. She tied up her favorite author and made him write an alternative ending to one of his books. I think she was misunderstood. Probably a frustrated writer.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Queen Elizabeth. Why did you wear those scratchy high collars? You were queen. You could have changed the dress code.

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

A. I work at a high school as a speech-language pathologist and I love it!

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Tour guide at Disneyland. I don't even know if this job exists anymore, but when I was a kid my grandmother took me to Disneyland every summer. I always saw these people leading around tourists and taking them on all the rides. I thought that was the best job in the world because you got to go on the rides over and over again. I still think that would be the best job in the world.

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

A. Pepperoni Pizza - It's yummy, and it contains all the basic food groups.

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