I entered a Writer's Digest Contest and received an Achievement Certificate for having placed 37th out of 100 in 'picture books." I felt thrilled to be included, and then I read the contest had received 11,000 entries in 5 different categories. Woo Hoo.
Describe your favorite pair of pajamas ever
When I was ten, I received an outrageous pair of silk pajamas from a childless aunt in Chicago. The bottoms were Chinese red with a black silk top and a mandarin collar, so different from the cuddly flannel PJ's most of us wore. And that made them...awesome. It's the out-of-the-ordinary that makes life exciting.
What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
The bravest thing in writing has to have been sending in a quatrain to The Wall Street Journal's Pepper and Salt, a small cartoon with a quip below it. I haven't seen it in print, but I made sure to take a picture of the check I received from Dow Jones Publishing Inc.,
What’s the first book you remember reading?
Years ago books were given at birthdays and by the church at Christmas. I received a Grimm's Fairy Tales and memorized bit's of the 51 stories as I escaped into fascinating words, yet I always felt safe.
In what Olympic sport would you like to win a gold medal?
A gold medal in tennis would be the one. I played competitive tennis for a club at one time, brought in a younger player for a tournament, and had a blast. I still play tennis and love poaching at the net.