1. Tell us about your latest book.
It’s part of the Handstand Kids Cookbook Series, where each cookbook focuses on one country and comes in fun packaging with a cooking accessory. Our newest book is on China and comes in a takeout box with chopsticks. The five Handstand Kids characters take kid chefs to different Chinese landmarks and introduce them to Mandarin and yummy, healthy Chinese cooking.
2. How did you get started as a writer?
While in law school, I needed a creative outlet. I kept a file on my computer and kept building on the idea to introduce kids to the world through food.
3. What does a typical day look like for you?
Each day is completely different. As the publisher and distributor, I wear many hats. Some days I work from home and collect payments. Others, I spend in meetings and working with press and new buyers.
4. Describe your desk/workspace.
A little messy! I have a home office and I tend to make piles, based on what needs to get done.
5. Favorite books
The Giving Tree, The Little Engine that Could, Extremely Interesting Incredibly Close
6. Tell us 3 interesting/crazy things about you
I stopped eating chicken at age 12 because I had pet chickens. I received a black belt at age 14. I still believe individuals can change the world.
7. Favorite quote
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Einstein.
8. Best and worst part of being a writer
Best- autonomy. Worst- not having a built in team to check in with.
9. Advice for other writers
Do what you love and do it well!
10. Tell us a story about your writing experience.
I was at a school event and had a booth where I was signing books. I was eating at my booth and probably should not have been (but it was lunch time). This woman came over to me rather abruptly and said “do you smell that? Wow, that is strong.” I definitely blushed and asked her which scent was bothering her. And she exclaimed, “the smell of sweet success b/c these are the greatest books I’ve seen.”
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