This was one of the most surprising interviews I’ve done. It was for a website called Book Cave, and it shows some real imagination. I thought you all might like a peek… (See the original interview.)
Spiderman or Superman: Batman.
Wonder Woman or Batgirl: Honestly, neither. Trinity from The Matrix is my girl.
Chunky or Smooth: Smooth.
Favorite flavor ice cream: Not a huge fan of ice cream (pastries are my downfall), but if forced to choose, I would say pistachio gelato.
Favorite ice cream topping: Fresh peaches cooked in butter and brown sugar, with just a hint of cinnamon.
Subway or Taxi: Okay, truth—taxi.
Broadway Show or Movie Theater: LOVE them both. I guess theater by a hair…
TiVo or DVR: DVR.
Favorite vacation place: So far–Botswana and Italy
Next vacation destination: Tahiti, I hope
Favorite NYC hotspot: Love everything about the city, so it’s hard to choose one. Single best memory is seeing Phantom of the Opera on Broadway with my husband and son, so I’ll say Broadway.
Guilty Pleasure: Cosmopolitans and massages
Good luck charm: My mom’s engagement diamond, which I wear on a chain.
When you were a little girl, you thought you would grow up to be a: Ballet dancer.
Last thing bought at the mall: The mall? I live on an island. Malls are exotic destinations for me. You’re more likely to catch me shopping at a small collection of main street shops or in the canyons of downtown Seattle. Last fun thing I bought was perfume for a friend at a duty free store in the airport.
Item on your grocery list: Tonight’s? Well I’m in Hawaii right now, so: fresh tiger shrimp, sweet thai chili sauce, lilikoi puree, coconut flakes, vegetables for roasting, and new skewers.
French fries or Onion Rings: Only fries. No onion rings for me.
Pizza: New York or Chicago? I come from the Pacific Northwest. New York AND Chicago.
Midnight snack: No midnight snacking. Does a glass of wine count?
Bookmark or dog ear? Okay, here’s something that makes me guilty; you’re right. Dog ear.
Read with dustjacket or remove it? With dust jacket.
Ocean, Lake, Desert, Mountain: Ocean.
Favorite book: Ever? To Kill a Mockingbird. Lately–The Shadow of the Wind.
Item you can’t live without: Since my family is an obvious answer, I’m going to say writing. I can’t go very long without writing or I get crabby. A quirky thing I can’t live without is…the perfect pen.
What kid or teen books made a difference in your world growing up? The Lord of the Rings, Dune, The Oz books, everything by Roald Dahl (especially Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), everything by S.E. Hinton.
Where do you like to write your books (bed ~ coffee shop ~ an office)?: All of the above. I write longhand, so I can be in bed, in a chair, on the beach, on the ferry going to town, on an airplane. Anywhere.
Describe your ideal place to write: In a room where I can see the ocean and hear the surf.
What are you reading at the moment?: Research books, mostly.
Where do you usually read?: See answer to where do I write. Everywhere.
Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time?: Only if one doesn’t have my full attention. There’s nothing I love better than a book I can’t put down.
Do you read nonfiction in a different way or place than you read fiction?: I tend to read nonfiction primarily when I’m researching an idea. Then I read solely nonfiction.