Teacher’s Pet

If you weren’t a writer you’d be…?

SuperWoman, of course, a cupcake baker or beach volleyball babe (Misty May/Kerry Walsh,  watch out!).

Ok, really?  an elementary school teacher, psychotherapist/counselor and/or artist (if only I could draw/paint)

What’s on your TV?

“The Closer,”, “Leverage, “Cupcake Wars,” “Who Do You Think You Are,” “Shark Tank”, “Psych,” “In Plain Sight,” “NCIS,” “Daily Show,” “Rachel Maddow Show,” and “Gilmore Girls re-runs.” When in doubt, watching Food Network will undoubtedly someday transform me into the next Rachael Ray or CupCake war winner, abracadabra, no toil, no trouble.

Where do you waste time online when you’re not writing?

Facebook and Twitter.

What talent do you wish you had?

Artistic, drawing/painting realistic images.

What talent would people be surprised to discover you have?

Singing in the rain.

Biggest lie you’ve ever told?

To quit a job, I told them that I met my One True Love that weekend and was going to California to Get Married (I was in NYC).

Favorite smells?

Lavendar oil… roses… chocolate… cinnamon rolls…

Favorite children’s book?

Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle

Dietary favorites?

Ghiardelli’s dark chocolate, chocolate cupcakes, Rocky Road, Death by Chocolate and/or Chocolate Chocolate Chip chocolate ice cream by Haagen Dazs…  and Chinese food

Do you have any pre-writing rituals or superstitions?

Hmm.  Panting, petting my dog’s spot on the top of her head, and prancing, not necessarily in that order.

Favorite movie of all time?

“Gone With the Wind.”   Runners-up: “Groundhog Day”, “Michael”, “Love Actually.”

Favorite authors?

Jennifer Crusie, Janet Evanovich and Pearl S. Buck

What’s your favorite music?

Beatles, Beach Boys, Enya, Kenny G, Cher, Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand

What’s your favorite thing about being a writer?

Working at home.

What do you like most about living in California?

Beaches, 70 degree winters.

What do you like least about living in California?

One season all year long

The one thing you wish you had in your office?

An office.

The one thing you wish you had in your backyard?

A pool, hot tub, sauna and a garden filled with organic veggies, fruit trees and flowers, goats, chickens and a pet dolphin.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Morning, 4 to 7 a.m. is peaceful, quiet and best time to breathe/think, reflect, meditate and write

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