I like to think I'm making roller coasters for the mind and heart.
I've also been making up stories since before I could write.
I've lived most of my adult life somewhere very much like where Kiva decides to start her new life, in the pine forest surrounded by wheat fields. Emma's parents' home is near where I live too. There I've built and remodeled houses, helped plant more than a million trees, and raised two sons, one of whom is Ghostwriter, "the original punk-folk troubadour."
But as the publishing business has changed, I’ve changed too. Of Mice and Money is a comic women’s book, which I’m told is a contradiction in terms. How come? Bombed is comic romantic suspense. So is The Sometime Burglar, but it's short enough to brighten only an evening or two. Living in Suspension , though, is a return to my YA roots. It's not as funny, and I love humor, but it means a lot to me. And now I've rereleased Liar, one of my older YA books that I believe still tells some kind of truth.
When I first started writing for publication, I had small children. Maybe that's why I first wrote for children. I'm the author of five picture books and four novels for the young published the traditional way.
I've piled a lot of brush, some of it for the Forest Service the way Amy does. I've let my husband make the sled runs in the snow with the tractor, but I've sledded down them. And for a few wild years I sang in a rock ‘n’ roll band called, prophetically, Lost from the Start. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in high schools too, as a student, of course, but for a few years as an idealistic and frustrated teacher--and as a bewildered parent.