- I was born in Hollywood, California, and I lived there for the first 10 years of my life... above a mortuary one block east of Hollywood & Vine. Sadly, my childhood home has been torn down and replaced by a parking lot.
- My mother is a genius at stitchery, so at some point in my life I've tried to master all of the home arts... knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, cross stitch, sewing... I stink at all of them.
- I would love to live on a big ranch with horses, dogs, and assorted livestock... but only if I also had a staff of farmhands to take care of them all.
- My idea of "roughing it" means staying in a hotel where the TV remote doesn't work. No camping for this little gray duck :)
- I wrote and illustrated my first book in grade school. It was about two mice who had a run-in with a cat on Halloween night. Pretty sure it's still buried somewhere in my mom's garage.
- Another long-held dream of mine is to be a musical theatre performer. I'd be happy to be part of the chorus, singing and dancing in the background. I just love the energy of the theatre.
- In my November release, A Wild Goose Chase Christmas, the character of Grandma Isabella is patterned after my own grandmother, Marie Staats.
- I home schooled my son from 5th through 7th grades. During that time, we lived in California, so had annual passes to Disneyland. One of the best motivators around is to surprise your kid with a Disney day when he's doing well on his studies. Extra home school bonus... we were able to go when everyone else was in school. Super-short lines and tons of awesome memories!
- My current favorite after-dinner snack is toast with lemon curd. Mmmm...
- I have a big mental list of authors and other entertainment folk I'd love to meet in person, just to shake hands and let them know how much I enjoy what they do. The list includes: LaVyrle Spencer, Lois Duncan, Weird Al Yankovic, David Ogden Stiers, Betty White, Nathan Fillion, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, and Ewan MacGregor... although if I actually met Mr. MacGregor, I would probably melt into an incoherent puddle of drool... not a pleasant image!
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