1. Do you do school visits?

YES! Check out the tab on this site and send me an email inquiry.

2. When did you start writing?

I don’t remember. That is because I was so young. According to my mother, I have been writing since I could hold a pencil. My first stories were elaborately illustrated. I remember one that had something to do with a talking candy cane. The part I remember was how difficult it was to color the stripes on the candy cane.

3. What is your favorite book?

That is an impossible question to answer. So many books, so little time. Still, I must confess that there are certain books I go back to over and over again. In the adult department that includes anything by Charles Dickens or Jane Austen. In the young adult world, they are usually the books of my own youth, such as Mrs. Mike.

4. How do you find time to read?

The same way I find time to breathe. In our family, the state of being “out of a book” is a recognized emergency that immediately authorizes a trip to the library or the bookstore.

5. You have four sons and there are three boys in The Great Wide Sea. Which one did you leave out?

All of them. The boys in The Great Wide Sea are fictional characters and my boys are real people! They share some characteristics, however. Each of my boys, for example, had some kind of huggie just as Gerry has Blankie.

6. Do you have a dog?

Sadly, not now. But I had a dog when I young. The dog was a girl and was named Mars. I don’t remember why! Now we have three ferrets named Klick, Klack, and Adriana. They are sisters who get along beautifully. Before Hurricane Katrina, we had a frog who lived alone in a lovely bowl of water. We did not take Fred with us when we evacuated. Three weeks later when we were finally allowed to return for a quick visit to our home, we prepared ourselves for the worst. Poor Fred’s bowl was almost dry and the water remaining was a cloudy mess. We approached the bowl respectfully and sadly only to see Fred kick his legs and surface. He had survived!