OK, two quick last questions -- I can't believe an hour has gone by already! This is too much fun... :)
seawings28: For both of you: What was your favorite book/series when you were young? What's your favorite now?
I love Anne MacCaffrey's Pern books for younger readers -- Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and Dragondrums -- and I was also a big fan of A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels, all the Nancy Drew books, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (oh, that's not a series, but I loved it!). Now there are SO MANY books I love -- Grace Lin's Where the Mountain Meets the Moon; the Amulet books by Kazu Kibuishi; Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton (an adult book about dragons); the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik (historical fiction about dragons); and the Jinx books by Sage Blackwood...I wish I could list a million more, but I'll stop there!
ponydolphin57: I'm assuming that you've had writers block before, like every other author, so how did you get past that? Or what motivated you to keep writing?
Hmmm -- for me, the best motivation is a deadline, and a bunch of gently stern emails from my lovely editor! But what really helps me get through writers block is my writing journal, where I complain about everything I think is wrong with the book until I figure out how to fix it. :) And having someone to talk to for brainstorming, like my sister or my very patient husband -- that helps so much, too!
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH -- this has been so great! and YAY MIKE YOU ARE WONDERFUL!!!! :) :) :)