1.Your blog said you are from Oklahoma, have you ever seen a tornado?
Yes! They are very loud, louder than you can even imagine. They really do sound like a train. Before a tornado hits, everything gets very still, there are no sounds, and the sky turns a greenish-yellow color. In my old house in Oklahoma, a tornado hit the houses on either side of us, but didn’t touch ours! It’s amazing and scary. But if a tornado passes you over, they’re actually very nice, because afterwards the sky is golden and glowing, and everything smells wonderful and fresh.
2. What is it like in New York?
Busy. Sometimes it’s nice to be in the middle of all these busy people, because you are busy too, and you get pushed along by the current, but other times, it’s too much and you feel like you need a time out. That’s when I go to the park, or go see a movie by myself, or read in my room. But I love New York because there is always something fun happening somewhere in the city. You have so many choices here. It’s hard to get bored.
3. Have you gone in the Empire State building?
You know, I’ve always meant to go to the Empire State building, but I haven’t yet. Living in a place like New York where there’s always so much to do, sometimes you get so caught up in your everyday routine that you forget about all of your fun options. That’s why it’s nice when people come to visit and want to do those things, because then you get a chance to be a tourist in your own city.
4. What do you do?
I’m a writer. Right now I’m finishing my first book. I work from my home, which is nice because I can make my own schedule and wake up whenever I want, and write in my pajamas and eat ice cream sandwiches for dinner, but sometimes all that freedom is a little weird, and I miss reading on the subway every morning and meeting friends for lunch. But I love writing, so it’s all worth it.
5. Why don’t you trust cats?
I don’t trust cats because cats don’t need me. Cats are coy. I’m a dog person. Dogs are always happy to see you, and always want your love and affection, and always seem like they’re smiling and there for you. Dogs sense when you’re worried and get upset when you’re sad, and I like that. Of course, I do like some cats. My friend Heather has a very silly, playful cat named Sir Hal, and my friend Sarah has a sweet, shy little cat named Sylvie, and I really love both of those cats.
6. What is your favorite type of pet?
I love dogs. I grew up with a collie, and collies are the sweetest, most loyal dogs. My collie used to sleep at the foot of my bed, unless there was a thunderstorm, and then he’d get very nervous and try to sleep on the bed with me. He would also get worried and pace back and forth and bark if anyone in our family had a fight or shouted at each other. He was our little peacemaker. I can’t have a dog in my apartment, but if I could, I’d get a beagle. I think they’re so cute, even though I’ve heard their howling bark is pretty annoying.
I do have a pet fish, named Bishop Desmond Tutu. He’s three years old.
7. What happens to you when you eat sugar? A lot of sugar?
When I eat a lot of sugar, I get a headache and want to take a nap. I like ice cream and cake and cookies, but I think my favorite kind of food is salty, like french fries.
8. What is your favorite place to go and just enjoy life?
I live down the street from a huge, beautiful park called Prospect Park, and I have a favorite spot there where I like to go with a blanket and a book. I also like to go out to Coney Island, which is an outdoor carnival by the ocean. They have rides and shows and street performers and lots of sugary and salty food. I’m happiest when I’m with my friends and family, just talking and laughing and eating and drinking.
Thank you for letting me interview you. It was fun. Make sure you go to her blog and see her picture of her fish.