Eyeglass case, a Yale reading lamp (yes, my mom bought it after I graduated!)
drink while you write: Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. (Catch the Star Trek: The Next Generation allusion here?)
Any indie bookseller, period. Especially the children's indie bookstores including Children's Book World in Los Angeles, The Blue Marble in Ft. Thomas, KY, the legendary All for Kids Books & Music in Seattle, WA (which sadly closed this year), Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, CA, Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati, OH
libraries: Los Angeles Public Library, Seattle Public Library, Cincinnati Public Library, Beverly Hills Public Library
Bobbi, my dwarf hamster, and Oreo, my cat. I still mourn the loss of my first two darling goldfish, Lucky and Penny, from 2006.
Inside the house where I don't have to dress up and/or be seen by the public! But when I'm just in the beginning brainstorming sessions, I'll go to the library or a coffeehouse to sit and doodle. The real writing I have to get done in private at home because I can stay up all night!
All music inspires me, as do my friends' chubby-wubby babies and fuzzy-wuzzy cats like my Oreo, and FOOD!!!!!
Dream book tour: New Zealand
because a) I've never been there and b) that's where Lord of the Rings was filmed!
Kelly DiPucchio, Lisa Wheeler, Hope Vestergard, April Young Fritz, Carolyn Crimi, and Janie Bynum
Cure for writer's block:
Watch FOOD TV, play video games, and read, read, read! Eat comfort food, like my famous homemade mac & cheese or SPAM fried rice - and, in a pinch, I'll just heat up some Chef Boyardee ravioli. Mmmm!
When I play with rock bands, I like to wear the Patti Yoon rockin' schoolgirl outfit: a short skirt with knee-length black boots.
Long-hand or laptop?
Long-hand for when I'm first starting out (brainstorming and outlining), laptop when I actually write
Doc Martens! Although I'm in LA now and mostly wear short-heeled sandals because a) it's hot all the time and b) I have flat feet and can't wear stilettos anyway.
Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story, a children's picture book biography about the Chinese American 1920s-40s movie star - published by Lee & Low Books, Spring 2009
idols: My brother, David Yoo, author of the YA novel Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before - published by Hyperion, October 2008
Interviews: rgz tv
Roundtable: readergirlz and postergirlz discuss Good Enough