A film that brings tears to your eyes . . .
The Notebook! I started crying ten minutes in. My husband had fallen asleep (of course!) and when he asked me the next morning how the movie was I could hardly talk. A lump formed in my throat and the tears started all over again. Finally I squeaked out, “He loved her so much!” and ran from the room. We don’t talk about The Notebook at my house ;-).
Describe your first kiss.
Eew! Sixth grade…a boy cornered me by my locker. I kind of liked him, so I didn’t move away as he swooped in with puckered lips. It was the tongue that creeped me out (LOL). Very juicy introduction.
Your favorite children’s book, and why . . .
Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume. I don’t know that it qualifies as a children’s book, but it made a definite impact on my life. I need to read that one again *wanders off to Amazon*.
A cause that’s closest to your heart, and why . . .
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. My cousin’s daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 (Insulin-dependent) diabetes at 9 months. It was so tragic to watch her cope with the constant needles and highs and lows of her failing pancreas. And the disease seems to have become so prevalent. We need to find a cure! I participate every year in the JDRF walk to find a cure in Arizona…Join me!
If you could be a character in any novel, who would you be and why?
Right now, I would be Kayla McKenna – my latest heroine. She’s a recovering assassin and I take out all my road rage and rude people encounters on other characters in my book through her. Pretty fun! My friends and family get into it too and can often be heard muttering, “I know who’s going to get it next in your book.” Bwahaha.
Explain the worst job that you’ve held.
I worked as a hostess in high school for a Mexican food restaurant. Yummy, but people are jerks. I am not fit for service-oriented professions, but I’m now a real big tipper!
A quote that motivates you . . .
“I want to be Barbie, that *i**c has everything.” – It makes me laugh.
The title of the one song you would take with you on that deserted island . . .
Hmm… I’m not good picking one since my tastes are so eclectic. But if you insist… it would have to be “My Immortal” by Evanescense. I can listen to it over and over and never get tired of it.
I would wish for the economy to recover so we could all take care of our families. I would wish for a cure for disease (all of them – thinking big here). And finally, I would wish happiness upon those who seek it.
Favorite game you played as a child . . .
Hungry Hippos! Loved that game.
What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
My one and only goal is to entertain. I strive for each book to be an escape from the grind, a peek into a life you might wish for, a bit of humor to hopefully surprise a laugh out of readers, and always a happy ending. Happy Reading!