I made the choice long ago to write about real life. And life is both serious and funny.
When my father would yell at me, I told myself someday I'd use it in a book.
I want to keep meeting new people, enlarging my circle of friends. I have great friends now... really good people. But I'm always ready for what comes next.
In my next life, I want to be tall and thin, parallel park and make good coffee. But for now, I have lots of stuff to work out in my life, but I'll have that until the day I die. I want to write more books.
I didn't expect to be doing a whole bunch of Amber Browns. And because it was just one book, and the father had moved away, I didn't realize I was going to have to deal more with shared custody, divorce and all those issues.
My father was a very unhappy person, very sarcastic, and my mother was very nervous and worried about what people thought. They weren't monsters, but it wasn't a good childhood.
The books are funny and sad, and that's what people respond to.
I deal with unhappy marriages a lot. I've never been married, I'm single.
I tried to write with someone else once before, but it was not successful.
I think my books talk about kids learning to like and respect themselves and each other. You can't write a message book; you just tell the best story you know how to tell.
I wish I had had my books when I was a kid, I do.
I'm very lucky. I'm very fortunate that my books have never gone out of print - none of them.
Normally, I name my characters after famous comedians.
Sometimes it's easier to show than it is to tell.
None of my characters seem to have had sex yet - I haven't written about that. And I wouldn't want to deal with what's happening in Oregon - the school shootings.
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