Completely random things about me, and opening lines from some of my favorite books.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away...:)

aboutpic1I live in Texas, but I'm originally from Ohio.

It was a dark and stormy night…

I have always enjoyed writing and making up stories.

In a hole in the ground, there lived a Hobbit.

I write middle-grade fiction.

There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.

I write mostly contemporary, fantasy and dabble in science fiction.

Call me Ishmael.

I consider myself a storyteller, learning to be a writer.

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.

Crablegs are my all-time favorite food. Point me to the nearest buffet, and move outta my way!

When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.

I’m married to a wonderful, handsome man named Phil.

Christmas won’t be Christmas without presents,’ grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.

I have an awesome daughter named Shannan who is married to an awesome man named Joel.

Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer's wife.

My favorite time to write is after midnight, which makes me not a morning person.

It was one of those super-duper-cold Saturdays. aboutpic2

One household chore that I absolutely despise is mopping floors.

The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home.

I love wearing fuzzy socks.

Harriet was trying to explain to Sport how to play Town.

My all-time favorite movie is ‘Enter the Dragon’

It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.

My favorite color is purple.

When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen.

My favorite book is The Hobbit.

He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.

My favorite holiday is Christmas.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.

I love cheesy science fiction movies.

It was Mrs. May who first told me about them.

My favorite TV series as a child:  ‘Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot’

Once there were four children called Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.

I get nervous while using the self-checkout at the grocery store. (Ack! What is the code for red grapes??) 

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

I’m terrified of creepy crawly things, scary books & horror movies.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

TEST TIME—Can you name the books? Check the extras page for the answers.