|QUESTIONS & ANSWERS:
Q: Are you making more books?
A: Yes. Many more!
Q: Do you like to write?
A: Yes. As much as I like to draw.
Q: Do you have a dog?
A: No, not right now. I have a cat. Her name is Marley and she is a Siberian.
Q: Do you like animals?
A: I love animals. I also love reptiles, amphibians, insects, birds, minerals, vegetables, and quite a large number of humans.
Q: Why do you use animals in your books?
A: I do love animals and love to make them into characters, but the main reason is because I believe that everyone can "see themselves" in an animal. If I use people I have to chose what color, race, nationality, even gender, that they are. That doesn't really make me happy because I want my story to appeal to everyone. If I have an animal then it can be anyone if you use your imagination.
Q: Is it hard to write a story?
A: Yes and no. It can be very hard work, but it is work that I enjoy. If you love to do something you won't care how hard it is. Some stories come to me easily and some stories make me work very hard.
Q: How long does it take to write a book?
A: That varies. I have written some books in a matter of weeks. My book, "Peek-A Who?" only took me twenty minutes to write, but it has very few words in it. Some books take years. I worked on my book, "Roberto The Insect Architect" on and off for five years. I wrote 28 drafts of the story until it was working perfectly.
Q: What was the first book that you wrote?
A: The first book that I wrote that got published was "The Night I Followed the Dog." I wrote it in 1989 and it was published in 1994. But I started writing books as soon as I could form a sentence when I was a little girl. I wrote the first book that I made all by myself (without any help from my mom) when I was five years old. I called it, "Circles Have Reasons to be Happy."
Q: How old were you when you wrote your first book?
A: I was 27 when I wrote "The Night I Followed the Dog."
Q: How old are you now?
A: I wrote "The Night I Followed the Dog" in 1989 when I was 27. You can do the math. :)
Q: What languages do you speak?
A: I speak English, but I also speak French and some Spanish. I also know a little Japanese, and Pig-Latin, and I know the alphabet in American Sign Language.
Q: What is your favorite book that you wrote?
A: That is like asking your mom, "who is her favorite child?" She will say, "all of them." I love all of my books. They are like my children, and they are all different.
Q: Do you have children?
A: Yes, I have three stepsons: Brian, Chris and Doug. There are some photos of them on this website.
Q: How many books have you made?
A: I've written hundreds of books, but they all have not been published. As of this posting I will have 19 books published, and more coming soon.
Q: Are they going to make "THE NIGHT I FOLLOWED THE DOG" into a movie?
A: In the past both "The Night I Followed the Dog" and "Romeow & Drooliet" were optioned to be made into movies. It did not happen. Yet. You never know with Hollywood. It may happen someday. I actually decided to write my own screenplay adaptation for "The Night I Followed the Dog." I would love to see some of my books made into movies or animated television shows- or even animated web shows.
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: I used to say that "if I knew where my ideas came from, I would go there." But the truth is that my ideas come from all different places. They come from dreams, or from something that I read somewhere and then it sparked another idea. I get a lot of ideas when I am out walking in nature. Adventures are very inspiring. I also get a lot of ideas when I'm taking a shower or washing the dishes or driving in my car. Of course I have to write the ideas down as soon as I can so I won't forget them.
Q: If you didn't make books what job would you have?
A: I feel very lucky that I get to write and illustrate books as my job, but if I couldn't do that I think I would either like to be a teacher or a chef. I love to cook.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: I only get to pick one? Not fair! I love sushi... And dark chocolate... And salmon, fresh fruit, all different vegetables, pasta, coffee... Oh... Is coffee food? It is to me.
Q: What were your favorite books when you were a child?
A: I loved so many books. When I was little I loved (and still love) "Harold and the Purple Crayon," "Where the Wild Things Are," "Madeline and the Gypsies." As I got older I loved my "D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths," all of the Roald Dahl books like "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "James and the Giant Peach," and others. I also adored "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler," "The Cricket in Times Square," "Harriet the Spy," "Charlotte's Web," "My Side of the Mountain." And so many, many more!
Q: Where do you live?
A: I live in Seattle, Washington, in a neighborhood called Ballard. I also have a cottage, which is a small house, on Lummi Island, which is in the San Juan Islands in Washington State near Bellingham.
If there are any other questions that you want answered, please send me an email through the CONTACT PAGE on this website and I will do my best to answer your question!