My Best Friend
- Books: YANKEE GIRL (Farrar
Straus & Giroux, April 2004)
MY BEST FRIEND (Viking, 2005)
- Born: Washington, D.C. on
March 26 which was Academy Award night that year. Grace Kelly
and William Holden won best actress and actor. If you want to
know what year that was...go look it up!
- Lived: Just about anywhere
you can think of...Virginia, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Alabama, Georgia...even
Bangkok, Thailand. But the two places I lived the longest as a
child were Chicago, and Jackson, Mississippi.
- Currently living:
In Alpharetta, Georgia, which is a suburb of Atlanta.
- Education: a B.A. in
Theater Arts from Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, North Carolina;
a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University
of Tennessee-Knoxville (go Vols!) and an MFA in Writing for Children
from Vermont College
- Jobs: I have been a community
theater director and a youth coordinator for my church. But mostly
I have always been some sort of children's librarian.
- Pets: A spitzer (that's
a half cocker/ half spitz) dog named Nilla, and a completely psychotic
cat, Rosie. Yes, Rosie and Nilla get along fine.
- Children: I have a nine-year-old
daughter, Lily Nell, who wants to be an artist some day. (She
took some of the pictures for this website) Since she is a competitive
figure skater, I do a lot of writing in skating rinks!
- Hobbies: Antiques (the
kind that other people call "junk"), music (collecting
CD's, not playing an instrument, unfortunately), cycling (when
I can find a decent bike trail), photography
- Music: Music is very important
because I always write to music. My favorites (depending on what
I am writing and in no particular order) are the Beatles, Beethoven,
Mozart, Bach, Chopin, and Gregorian Chant (sung by women). I mostly
don't listen to things with words while I am writing because they
are distracting. When I am NOT writing, I also like Randy Newman,
Alison Krause, Scott Joplin plus a whole bunch of country singer/songwriters
(telling a whole story in three minutes of song is a neat trick...and
hard to do!)
- I like: October (the best
things always happen then!), my beat-up purple convertible, eavesdropping
in public (you can get great story ideas), adventure eating (always
order the one thing on the menu you have never had), pinball machines
(when I can find them) bookstores and music stores (duh!)
- I really really dislike:
boring people, closed-minded people, and salmon.