1. Are you a gluer or a taper?
I think my answer varies. I use scotch tape to wrap presents, and duct tape to fix broken metal objects. But I use glue on scrapbook pages, and super glue on broken ceramics.
2. How do you think love and writing are similar? How about duct tape and writing?
Both love and writing take time to develop, both require passion, and both should make you very, very happy. As far as duct tape and writing, I’d say that both can be sticky, both have silver linings, and both, when done right, should stand the test of time.
3. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done as a writer?
I’m currently rewriting a book I originally wrote this summer. Trust me, that’s crazy. Kids, don’t try this at home.
4. I really love Muppets. Grover is my own personal writing cheerleader and for some reason John Wayne (who is not a Muppet is my personal internal critic/task master). Who is your favorite Muppet? And who (Muppet, dead movie star or other) would be your internal critic.
Funny story, but I’ve done a couple of Barnes and Nobel events in Philly with a local children’s book author named Gene Barretta (Now and Ben). Anyway, he told me recently that he and his brother worked as Sesame Place as kids where they met Brian Hensen (Jim’s son). Long story short, his brother, Bill, is an actual Muppeteer. He created the Pepe the Prawn character, and he now does the voice for Rowlf the Dog. How cool is that? Just thought I’d mention it.
THAT IS SO COOL! I used to want to marry Rowlf the Dog.
But in answer to your question, my favorite Muppet was Beeker. I love the Muppet Christmas Album where they sing the Twelve Days of Christmas. When the get to Bunson and Beeker, they sing, “On the ninth day of Christmas…meep, meep, meep, meep, meep!”
And my internal critic would be Dori from Finding Nemo, particularly the ending scene where she keeps repeating, “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.” When I’m working on a first draft, I often think to myself, “Just keep writing. Just keep writing.”