I love to read YAs. They’re faster paced, grittier, and more realistic. But I think the truth is: I never grew up. I still feel that angst of losing a boyfriend, being shunned by the in-crowd, being treated as less important than adults, and having a burning passion to make a difference. That’s probably the core of what I love about writing YA and about teens themselves—they’re filled with passion. So many people lose those burning desires as they grow older. I hope to keep that fire alive in me, and in others.
Art. I love to paint, draw with pastels, and sketch. I can lose myself for hours when I’m drawing. At the moment, I’m going for a Graphic Arts degree to add to my fine arts training. Illustrator and Photoshop are a completely new world for me, but I want to expand my computer knowledge. My dream is to illustrate picture books, in addition to writing YAs.
Besides art, I do all kinds of crafts. Cake decorating, sewing, needlework are my favorites. And I also like to fence, bellydance, horseback ride, ski, and play soccer. Oh, and ride in my husband’s motorcycle sidecar. And travel abroad. My goal is to get to every continent. Only two more to go—Australia and Antarctica. All of these give me a creative charge and feed my idea files for future stories.
YA, of course. Beyond that, anything and everything. I read cereal boxes if that’s all that’s handy. Fiction, nonfiction, self-help—you name it, I read it. At the moment, I’m immersing myself in Chinese history so I can finish Red Beads, the YA I’m revising that’s set during the Ming dynasty.
Classical, but most of the time I prefer silence or the sounds of nature—leaves rustling in the breeze, birds twittering, crickets chirping, frogs croaking. To5. If you were going to a costume ball where you had to dress up as your favorite movie character, which character would you choose and what outfit would you wear?
me, those are the most beautiful music there is.
Thanks so much for answering my questions, Laurie! I'm looking forward to your posts this week.
To be honest, I don’t watch TV and rarely go to movies. I’d much rather read, so it’s hard to say what I’d choose. But if it’s OK to choose cartoon characters, I always envied Cruella De Vil’s fur coat (not Dalmatian fur, of course) and two-toned hair. I’d love to pair that with long, blood-red fingernails and black high spiked heels—not that I could even walk in them, but this is fantasy, after all. At the same time, I’d love to be Glinda, the good witch, from The Wizard of Oz.
Split personality maybe??