1. What is your favorite quote?
"When I was little I had this idea that life could be perfect, that if you were careful enough, you'd never make a mistake, never be lonely, never be misunderstood, never be frightened. But it doesn't work that way. Life is big and messy and you just have to climb in it with your boots on and hope for the best. Like Thoreau said, heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads. And at the end of the day, I have to say, I still feel pretty lucky to be here."
- Will, Young Americans
2. What was your least favorite subject in High School?
Mr. Tucker's history class, was not a big fan of history when I was younger and it put me to sleep!
3. What is your favorite family vacation?
Growing up we went to the White Mountains every 4th of July; my husband and I keep the tradition by spending a week there on our anniversary.
4. What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?
Can't decide between Hey Arnold or Author
5. What motivates you to work hard?
I’ve always wanted to “beat the system.” Growing up in foster care there is this stigma that you’ll end up in jail or won’t make it far in life. I wanted to go to college and get a good job that would support me. Also seeing how my parents lived their lives, I didn’t want that for me, I wanted more out of life.
6. Who has left the most impact on your life?
My foster mom, who I consider to be my mom. She sacrificed a lot so that we could have a better life. She raised us as her own and she was the bravest most hardworking woman I know. She inspired me to want more out of life and she showed me how to do that, without her taking me in I wouldn't have had all the opportunities in life and I wouldn't be where I am today.
7. Do you remember your dreams?
I can't tell you what I dreamt about a year ago, but yes, I do remember most of my dreams. I actually keep a dream journal and sometimes if I can I'll wake up and write my dream down, I use them as ideas for future books.
8. What is your proudest accomplishment?
Marrying my best friend and finishing my first book! Also being promoted to Assistant Manager, I had waited so long and had worked so hard to get to that point in my career.
9. Do you save old greeting cards and letters? Throw them away?
I have every single greeting card that was given to me. I keep them in a small chest, not sure why but I do...
10. What was your first ever cell phone?
A Nokia, back in 2002 when a text message took over a minute to send because you had to keep hitting the number buttons until you got to what letter you wanted!
11. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?
Definitely Titanic. When I was in 5th grade the movie came out and there was actually a competition between my friends and I to see who could go to the movies the most to see it. I went like 12 times, and my friend Leah won by going to see it 19 times!
12. What did you want to be when you were small?
Around nine I wanted to be a veterinarian. As I got older I wanted to be a Homicide Detective. When it was time to seriously think about what I wanted to do I couldn’t decide between being a teacher or studying Forensic Science.
13. Do you have a catchphrase?
"It is what it is." I say that every single day!
14. Who performs the most random acts of kindness out of everyone you know?
My mom, even though she passed away six years ago she will always be that person for me. I'll never forget her last chemo session. I had gone with her because it was a an emotional day, we had just received some not so good news, but she never let that effect her. She was chatting with all the other patients, telling them it was going to be okay. On our way out of the hospital there was a women sitting on the side of the curb with her head down. My mom went up to her and put her hand on her shoulder and asked if she was okay. The women looked confused but smiled and said that she was so kind to ask but she was just tired. My mom smiled back and said she just wanted to make sure she was okay. That's who my mom was every single day and I try my hardest to pass on her kindness to the world.
15. What is at the top of your bucket list?
To go to Africa and see the Rhinos. (Don't worry I will watch them from afar!)
16. What would you name your daughter if you had one?
Alice. After my Mom's middle name.
17. What is the name of your first pet?
Our first pets were turtles and I named mine Pinky, can't tell you why because I have no idea...
18. How old were you when you found out that Santa wasn’t real?
I was nine. Our mom would take us to Santa Village every year and the Santa that they had looked so much like the real Santa Clause, he had a real beard and everything, as you can see! Well my mom was reading the newspaper one day and I think without thinking told me that he wouldn't be at Santa Village that year because he passed away. That's when I knew not that Santa wasn't real, but when Santa had passed away...
19. What was your first job?
Selling Nascar merchandise in a tent at Loudon Speedway when I was 14. My mom was obsessed with Nascar and got a job as a hostess in the suites so she could watch the races for free. She told me I would love it and it could be something we did together. I did enjoy spending some one on one time with her, even if Nascar put me to sleep...
20. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Prime Rib with garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus, and a glass of Ghost Pines red blend wine.
21. One thing you know now that you wish you had known as a kid?
Don't spend so much time worrying about being an adult because when you're an adult, all you want is to be a kid again. I wish I would have known to have fun as long as you could because you're going to miss it when you are older.
22. Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job? And why?
Win the lottery so I could work at the perfect job! I can't work at the perfect job right now because it doesn't pay the bills unfortunately!
23. If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
1840 during the Victorian Era
24. Where would you want to retire to?
A small town in the middle of nowhere. My husband and I have already picked out a few places! Buy a tiny house on a little bit of land...
25. What book do you remember as being important to you?
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. It was the first "adult" Chapter book I was given by my mom. I was 10 years old and I loved the book so much that my mom took me to the house that Louisa wrote the book in and it was one of my favorite trips. I hope to one day pass it on.