Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Bensenville, IL listening to planes from O’Hare fly overhead.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many amazing authors. It makes it hard to choose just a few. But if I was trapped on a deserted island for a few weeks (because I don’t know if I could stand it for longer), I’d bring along books by Stephen King, JD Robb (aka Nora Roberts), Harlan Coben and Lois Lowry.
Do you still teach singing?
YES!!! I love singing. More important, I love teaching. My students are wonderful sources of inspiration and continue to teach me about life while I teach them about singing.
What would you do if you weren’t writing?
I’d take a shot at being a superhero. Leaping tall buildings with a single bound sounds like an interesting challenge. However, if all the capes and tights are spoken for I’d still be teaching voice lessons and thinking about how I could fit some shows into my schedule.
Popcorn with lots of salt and butter.
Do I have a pet?
I have a very loud cat named Jake and a squirrel that I have named Oliver. Okay – the squirrel isn’t technically a pet, but he comes to the back door to beg every day and I feed him. That makes him special. (And why do I call him Oliver? I’m a musical theater girl. That should be all the answer you need.)