Describe your new book/project/work.
The Six Rules of Maybe is about a girl, Scarlet Hughes, who is always involving herself in the problems and messes of other people — her friends, her neighbors, her family members. When her sister (the beautiful and aloof Juliet) comes home pregnant and married to a sweet young guy whom she seems to have no real love for, everything changes. Scarlet finds herself falling hard for him, and now must look at her own life and her own needs for the first time. The book explores the snarls good people get into when they feel they need to rescue others. It asks: When is giving too much? When does helping others become an excuse for not claiming your life as your own?
Describe your most memorable teacher.
My most memorable teacher was Rich Campe, my third-grade teacher at Fairlands Elementary in Pleasanton, California. Rich was a bona fide Bay Area hippie. We tie-dyed curtains for our room and made our own film. We also did a lot of creative writing in his class. His remarks on my stories (which I'd write on purple notebook paper) were the sort of encouragement that could make you feel that maybe, possibly, you were on to something with the whole writing thing. Groovy! he'd scrawl at the top of the page. Far OUT! If anyone knows where Rich Campe is, please let me know so that I can heartily and sincerely thank him.