Lydia K asked: What interesting bit of history about yourself would no one ever guess, the first time meeting you?
Okay, I had to beg my husband for help on this one. Just before I got married, I wrote a French screenplay for an introduction to a literacy manual (French), and while it was edited down by the director, it was actually filmed. I own a VHS copy of it. :)
Colene Murphy asked: What is your favorite go-to book?
Though I haven't read it in a while, Robin McKinley's Outlaws of Sherwood is definitely my favorite go-to book (there are, of course, others). I had a big-time crush on Robin Hood when I was a teenager. We won't mention the life-size poster of Kevin Costner as Robin Hood. But in my defense, it was a gift---I couldn't very well turn it down! ;)
Christina Lee asked: Do you believe in Tabula Rasa?
Excellent question! After having kids, I absolutely do NOT believe in Tabula Rasa. BUT I love the idea of it, especially when I'm starting a new book.
Melissa asked: What's your favorite book?
This is perhaps one of the hardest questions I know of. There are too many books I like to play favorites. When I was little, I would have said "Anything by L.M. Montgomery." Then a little older, "Anything by Robin McKinley." Then, "Anything by Jane Austen." Yes, I'm an author reader. If I find an author I like, I devour everything they wrote. But I digress.
Perhaps it's a cop-out, but here are a few of my favorites (in no particular order):
- Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale
- Pat of Silver Bush, by L.M. Montgomery
- Beauty, by Robin McKinley
- Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine
- Harry Potter (all of them . . . though I felt book 5 wasn't quite as good as the others), by J.K . . . (Okay, it just feels silly to write the author here . . . it almost goes without saying)