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My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. What if?
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Having all the time in the world.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. At the moment of typing this: "2:45 a.m." by Elliott Smith, "I Feel" by Cat Power, "Family Tree" by Bellafea, "Black Balloon" by the Kills, and "Rabbit Fur Coat" by Jenny Lewis. Next month they'll all change except for "2:45 a.m.," which has held that spot for years.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I am incapable of giving up. I've been trying to be a writer for years—first for adults and now for younger readers. It hasn't been easy, and I remember flirting with the idea of giving up for good a few times. The thing is, I always knew deep down that I wouldn't. I could never give up; I just don't have it in me.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. Sometimes I think I want to be the complete opposite of myself: a graceful surfer who lives on some sunny tropical island and doesn't burn in the sun and whose only aspiration is to get up early for a good wave and then chill on the sand doing not much of anything. That's the fantasy. I'd miss spending all day holed up in a dark corner writing though.