Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. I'm a bit of a control freak. Helplessness -- inability to help my children, husband, friends, self or pets -- freaks me out.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. I would be on Shackleford Banks, an uninhabited island off the coast of North Carolina., listening to the waves, revelling in the fact that I was surrounded by wild things.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Boudicca, Celtic warrior queen
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
Q. What do you regret most?
A. not hitchhiking around the world before I lost UNFAILING faith in human nature
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I can see myself playing the harp. I'd have to build it a room of its own, and grow my hair down to my waist to look RIGHT playing it, but I think there's some thrilling music waiting in my fingertips.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Overdoing it (any IT )
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Empathy and the ability to cook outstanding cheese enchiladas
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I would like to be the oldest, strongest redwood tree on earth -- what scope and wisdom!
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Scout in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and Patty Bergen in SUMMER OF MY GERMAN SOLDIER are two girls of great moral courage!
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. I want to shake people who have no empathy ; it's not that difficult to imagine yourself in another creature's -- human or animal-- skin (or exoskeleton) and imagine he/she has not had your advantages. Piece of cake, really!
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Depends on what you mean by "occupation." Teaching high school English was my favorite job, but my favorite hobbies are riding mountain bikes, riding horses and reading, reading, reading. Oh, I enjoy cooking, too.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Veterinarian for heartbroken unicorns
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Loyalty, sense of humor and empathy
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. You're No Good, If It Makes You Happy, Desperado, Goodbye Earl, Greensleeves and Somewhere Over the Rainbow (but ONLY by IZ)