On the nightstand:
Quicksilver (Book One of Neal Stephenson's Trilogy)
Favorite drink while you write:
Green tea in the morning, decaf coffee in the evening
Locally, Colgate (University) Bookstore. Out in the world, just about any Barnes and Noble.
So many libraries have been very nice to me; I think I'll be diplomatic and avoid answering this specifically.
Growing up, I had dogs and cats and horses; while my two sons were growing up, two cats, one which acted more like a dog; none currently
Place to write:
At a computer in the study in my home in the town by the stream near the woods on a hill . . .
Family and personal experiences with students from when I was teaching.
Dream book tour:
I like to write, and I love to talk about my work, but, while I do school visits and conferences, I have no dream tour in my head. When I travel, I frequently stop in unexpectedly at libraries to chat and sign my books. I've had some very interesting conversations that way; it's enough of a dream tour for me.
Hmmm. . . I'm very much a loner when it comes to writing. Feedback from my husband (who has a great understanding of young people), my agent, and my editor is enough for me.
Cure for writer's block:
While my husband often has to listen to me think out loud on long walks, real stumbling blocks have generally been hurdled over pizza and beer at a couple favorite locations.
My closets and dressers look like I have a split personality. Jeans and tank tops or sweatshirts for most days and a closet full of glittery dance dresses for those nights out at ballroom/Latin dance venues.
Laptop or longhand?
Thank heavens for the invention of the computer. I usually have a tiny notebook somewhere handy when I'm out of the house for those ideas I don't want to lose, but that would be the extent of any writing I do in longhand.
Stilettos or Uggs?
Neither. Sneakers and sandals, plus low-heeled, sequined pumps to go with those glittery dance dresses.
Two novels are currently in the hands of my agent and/or my publisher, one where the protagonist is the older brother of the two girls in Sweetgrass Basket, and the other where a teenage girl who lives in a foster home thinks she hates everybody and everything.
Zora Neale Hurston, William Faulkner, Theodore Geisel
Other YA Novels:
Who Will tell My Brother? (Hyperion); Caught Between the Pages (Dutton)
Roundtable: readergirlz divas and postergirlz discuss Sweetgrass Basket