On Facebook, I asked for some questions that were a bit out of the ordinary and received plenty! I may make this a feature on my blog for a midweek pick-me-up. Here’s the first set (and then it’s your turn…):
Q. What is your favorite breakfast food?
A. I have breakfast nearly every morning at Starbucks and when I’m being good, I have their yummy steel cut oatmeal with dried fruit and when I’m being bad, I have their cinnamon chip scone. Can you guess which I have more often?
Q. Fifty years from now, what do you hope your readers are getting from your work?
A. I love this question! Everyone wants to feel as though they’ve left behind some sort of legacy. Well, since I’m dreaming, I’d like a couple of my books to be taught in high school, most particularly the upcoming Necessary Lies and my older book, Breaking the Silence. They both have to do with the abuse of power against people unable to defend themselves, something I want young people to think about. A lot.
Q. What is the first book that impacted your life significantly?
A. Charlotte’s Web. My first grade teacher read it to us and I was transported to another world filled with emotion and action and sympathetic characters who made me cry. It made me want to be a writer.
Q. If you had 10,000,000 in cash right now but you had to spend it all on a swanky vacation before the end of the month, where would you go and what would you do there?
A. Hmm. I’m going to disappoint whoever asked this question. First of all, I don’t do swank. I really, really dislike swank. I dislike anything that requires me to wear something other than jeans or yoga pants (except for book events. I like book events even if it means I have to dress up); (the picture is me looking about as swanky as I get). Plus a swanky vacation would mean I’d be surrounded by the sort of people who like swank, so that just won’t do. So here is what I’d do with that 10,000,000 vacation: for starters, I would buy back the summer house I grew up in at the Jersey Shore. It’s on a canal between a bay and a river. (If you’ve read The Bay at Midnight, you know this little house). Then I’d invite my siblings and cousins–people who enjoyed this house when we were kids–to come spend the month with me. I’d buy a boat and or several and we’d all go boating in the bay. I think I’ve only spent about a million at this point so I will have to forfeit the rest, unless I can give it away (please let me?)
That’s enough for this week. I love these questions! Any of you who like, choose one of the questions and answer it in the comments. Friday evening, EST, I’ll pick one of you at random to win one of my audio books. And Happy Fourth of July!