Oh dear. It's not that I don't like to talk about myself. I really do. Tiresomely. And at length. Just ask my friends. But you and I have only just met. And my interview and my stories will tell you so much more about me than my bio ever will. So go read those. And then if you still want to know more about me, we'll talk... Why are you still here? Go read.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Ray Bradbury for the delicious way he concocts luscious images by putting his words together in new and unexpected ways and the magical and sometimes chilling alien worlds of his astonishing imagination. I also love Dr. Seuss for pretty much all the same reasons as Bradbury. Alexandre Dumas makes this list for his marvelous Three Musketeers plus the redoubtable Dartagnan for their brotherhood, their honor, and dialogue that makes me read it aloud just to hear it spoken. I have never read Rod Serling, but man does that guy know how to tell a story! I loved Baroness Orczy's and Sir Walter Scott both for sneaking romance and true love into wild adventure stories and making me swoon. I also must credit Sir Walter Scott and Francis Hodgson Burnett for giving me Rebecca of York and Mary Lennox respectively, the first two girls in fiction that I ever admired and liked enough to believe in them as full people. I also love S. E. Hinton because I love any writer who can make me laugh and then cry and then wish I could go hang out with her characters for a day. I know there are more, but these are the writers whose feet I sit at adoringly and ask "How do you do it?"
What do you read for pleasure?
I love this question! When I taught fifth grade (the best grade ever!) I used to tell my students that I only like two genres of books: fiction and nonfiction. See, now you're rolling your eyes just like they did!