My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Try to use good words, like 'slubberdegullion' whenever possible.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. I admire ordinary people who every day handle extraordinary burdens with bravery, without getting any credit or recognition. For example: my student who was born addicted to crack. Her foster mother who raised her till college. So many are heroic, and their stories are everywhere.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Evil Ann Coulter and her employers, from His Dark Materials trilogy, by Phillip Pullman
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Kindness, curiosity, spark.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Faster writer. The writer-equivalent of someone who swallows swords. Flaming swords. On a tightrope. Wearing spangles. Upside down.