What is the funniest thing a reader has ever told you?
I did have a young reader say to me “I really like this book and this author.” My first fan!
If you could be any occupation other than an author, what would you be and why?
I am a half time tutor/teacher and I enjoy that because I like to help children learn.
I’ve wanted to be a small bookstore owner with a coffee shop and maybe a gift shop. Then I would be surrounded by books and people who love to read and have a cup of coffee or tea while browsing.
I’ve wanted to own/operate a bed and breakfast inn because I want to have a gracious home with comfortable furnishings, and beautiful gardens and grounds, then open my home to temporary visitors, cook healthy breakfasts, and provide a restorative respite, removed from the fast paced life so many lead. But such a big project requires partners that I don’t have and a leap of faith that I’m afraid to take.
Do you ever laugh or cry while reading your own books? Explain!
Yes, I still get choked up reading the final book in my Magical Series, “Magical Max and Magical Mickey’s Big Surprise,” because it is such a tender, loving, special family moment. It celebrates all that is good in us and in our family and friend relationships.
What is the last children’s book you read? Why did you read it?
I’ve read all of Jeanne Birdsall’s Penderwicks Series, and waited a long time for the final book. It was worth the wait. Ms. Birdsall took an in depth look at a close family from the perspective of each of the four daughters in the family. It was tender, funny, uplifting, and very satisfying.
If your latest book (or any book) was made into a movie, who would play the main character?
I don’t think of my books as appropriate for a movie, but I do see my Magical Series as perfect for a children’s animated television show or mini-series. The characters would be animated so it would be a voice actor, and I don’t know of an appropriate child voice actor.
Who wrote your favorite book, the one you have read over and over again? What makes this book your favorite?
I don’t have one book that I reread often. I’m more of a binge favorite author/reader. I read all of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series--which I read twice. Then all of Michael Scott’s The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. Then all of Kate Dicamillo’s books. Then all of Jeanne Birdsall’s Penderwicks series. What keeps me reading all of their books is the way the characters are drawn, the smoothness, interest, and flow of the plot, and they way the writers use language and emotions to pull readers in.
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C.M. Huddleston's Four Star Review of What's for Dinner?
What’s for Dinner? presents children with a worldly view of different cultures and their food. This picture book will appeal primarily to 5-to-7-year-olds who are just beginning to meet a variety of new children at school. It is a great book for school and library story time and should encourage children to recognize and embrace differences in various races and nationalities.
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