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Where do you get your ideas for writing?
I keep my eyes and ears open every moment of the day, and I jot down interesting tidbits of life. Quotes, sayings, moments, names, scenes, feelings – whatever strikes me as “writing material.” I started doing this after hearing the brilliant author, James Howe, speak at a conference where he held up his spiral bound homework pad filled with ideas. Even though Mr. Howe inspired me to capture my ideas, I don’t have a structured place where my ideas live neat and organized lives. I wish. I am a post-it gal and my life is littered with them. My car, my nightstand, my desk. Post-its are everywhere. But it works for me.


Is your hair naturally curly?
Why yes it is. And you have no idea how badly I wanted straight hair while growing up. I am a child of the 70’s and the Farrah Fawcett hairstyle was the be-all-end-all. I went to the corner hair salon and asked her to straighten my hair for the sole purpose of having “Farrah hair.” It didn’t work the first time so I went back three days later and she did it again. Can you say, fried? And, yeah, it didn’t work again. So the twelve-year-old me got my money back and just let my stupid hair be curly. But now I really love my hair and wouldn’t trade it for all of the straight hair in the world. That would be weird anyway, right? Having all the straight hair in the world? Way too much hair. Curly hair rules.


May I email you?
Depends on your motivation. If you want to talk about my books or my characters or ask me what my favorite color is or my thoughts on bullying or even talk life stuff, sure, go for it – and I’ll be all excited to read an email from you. But if you want me to read your manuscript, just know that I can’t do it. Don’t get me wrong, I’d be flattered that you’d even want my opinion, but there isn’t enough time in the day to do the stuff I have to do for my own writing.


Will you come to my school (my bookstore, my library, my event) and give a talk?
Sure, I’d love to. Just click HERE or on the bottom right hand drawer on my desk for information. And thanks for asking.