1. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A children’s book author and illustrator. Or Miss America.
2. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer/illustrator?
Before I grew up.
3. What’s your first childhood memory?
Age 18 months, crying at a window the first (and probably last) time my mother left me with a sitter.
4. What’s your most embarrassing childhood memory?
Cheating at Pin the Tail on the Donkey, age 3. (caught on film)
5. What’s your favorite childhood memory?
Running the sand dunes in Provincetown with my family every October. (no longer legal)
6. As a young person, who did you look up to most?
My super-fun Lithuanian grandmother
7. What was your worst subject in school?
8. What was your best subject in school?
creative writing and art
9. What was your first job?
Lead singer for the 80’s band “Camouflage.”
10. How did you celebrate publishing your first book?
Still holding out for that.
11. Where do you write/illustrate your books?
In my cozy studio ~ a northeast corner bedroom upstairs in my house built by my husband. I’m right in the thick of things, sharing space with two old black sister cats, a dog with very large ears and often two beautiful, curious little girls.
12. Where do you find inspiration for your illustrating?
All of the above plus flea markets….and from the slow, magical moments constantly presenting themselves outside in the natural world.
13. Which of your characters is most like you?
The tree of love from The Happiness Tree.
14. When you finish an illustration, who sees it first?
Both my girls in person, then my best friend and creative partner, Andrea Gosline via internet.
15. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Working on the morning person thing, but my best ideas come after dark.
16. What’s your idea of the best meal ever?
My husband’s amazing burritos with grilled pineapple and homemade mole sauce.
17. Which do you like better: cats or dogs?
I’m a recently indoctrinated cat-loving dog-lover. (code for: We just got our first dog.)
18. What do you value most in your friends?
A great laugh at no one’s expense
19. Where do you go for peace and quiet?
My glorious, tree-lined Bowdoin College campus, two blocks away
20. What makes you laugh out loud?
Admissions of of bad parenting moments among friends.
21. What’s your favorite song?
Beyond impossible to choose.
22. Who is your favorite fictional character?
23. What are you most afraid of?
Kids swinging too high
24. What time of year do you like best?
The onset of every season
25. What’s your favorite TV show?
26. If you were stranded on a desert island, who would you want for company?
27. If you could travel in time, where would you go?
28. What’s the best advice you have ever received about writing/illustrating?
“There’s always room for one more artist.”
29. What do you want readers to remember about your books?
That the world is good.
30. What would you do if you ever stopped writing/illustrating?
Sing with a big band.
31. What do you like best about yourself?
32. What is your worst habit?
Ignoring the litter box
33. What is your best habit?
Not picking up the phone
34. What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
Raising up two kind, vibrant girls
35. Where in the world do you feel most at home?
At my family’s summer cottage on Cape Cod
36. What do you wish you could do better?
I wish I could sew.
37. What would your readers be most surprised to learn about you?
That I spent 4 years as a member of the cast of San Francisco’s famous Beach Blanket Babylon. Most of that was playing Snow White who transforms into Madonna. One of the highlights of THAT life was performing with the show in Covent Garden in London.
38. What place that you’ve visited most influenced you as an artist?
39. What’s your other day job?
I am a freelance graphic designer, a residential color consultant, and I rececently finished two years of homeschooling my daughters.
40. What’s your favorite way to procrastinate?
Cleaning my house