Haha, I love this.
1. Who is your role model/mentor?
Hmm. Even though it's a cheesy answer, my mother. She just rocks like that.
2. Which writers do you most admire?
I'm not sure. I do admire Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb a lot for being able to hold a murder mystery series that long and still make it awesome.
3. Which of your characters do you hate and why?
I don't think I hate any of them. There are several that if they were real-life people, I would despise, but they're like my babies and I can't hate them no matter how hard I try.
4. Which do you find more interesting to write about, good or evil?
Neither. The grey area is so much more interesting, because you never quite know which one it is. It could go either way.
5. What's the most adventurous thing you've ever done?
I went and got myself lost in the woods just so I could see if I could find my way back. I enlisted the help of a friend, who blindfolded me and led me through the trees.
6. What 5 books/items would you want to have with you if stranded on a desert island?
My laptop, a notebook w/pen, an emergency kit, bug spray, and Naked in Death, by J.D. Robb.
7. If the world was to end tomorrow how would you spend your last 24 hours?
Driving down to Florida so I can spend it with my family, probably.
8. Which animal do you consider your totem?
The lone wolf.
9. What's your favourite quote or joke?
My favorite quote is "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" -- FDR. As for joke...well, it's really not all that appropriate, so I won't post it.
10. What imaginary friends did you have as a child?
I had a complete imaginary family, plus a random assortment of friends and pets. Imaginary people were way less complicated. I think that's why I became a writer, because imaginary people are still less complicated.
11. What would be the first thing you'd do if an alien spaceship landed in your backyard?
Call my dad and tell him his ride is here.
12. If you could go back to change one event in history what would it be?
I wouldn't. Who knows what I would mess up?
13. What major scientific advancement do you think will be made this century?
I don't know, but I hope we get some of the stuff from Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb's In Death series. Like the virtual reality goggles/rooms--those are cool. Way cooler than the ones we have now.
14. If you could possess any psychic/supernatural talent what would it be?
Telekinesis, definitely. It's a very versatile power (I thought about this question a lot throughout writing The Surface of the Deep, since all the characters have mental powers.)
15. What could you not survive without?
Aside from the things necessary for life, I think my laptop. I'm way too wired for my own good.
16. What would your utopia be like?
Living in either a loft apartment in downtown Gainesville, Florida, or a house on the Suwannee River, making my living as a writer/French teacher. Since I don't believe in complete perfection, that's pretty much it. And anyway, without problems, we don't exactly know what good is when we get it, do we?
17. How do you think the world will end?
I don't particularly like to consider this one, because it gives me a headache from contemplating the nothing that will be left behind.
18. If a genie granted you 3 wishes, what would you wish for?
Hmm. Probably my dream office (which includes a lot of fancy gadgets and doohickies--I talk about it on my blog sometimes), my own kayak, and a house on the Suwannee river.