Q&A with Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic figure skating champion

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Melissa Seymour: Hi, Kristi! Thanks for speaking with us today. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

Kristi Yamaguchi: I’m an Olympic Gold medalist in figure skating and mom of two daughters, ages eight and ten. I’m also the founder of the Always Dream Foundation, and Tsu.ya by Kristi Yamaguchi active wear. I am also the author of two children’s books called Dream Big Little Pig! and It’s a Big World Little Pig!

MS: Could you tell us about the 1992 Olympics? What was it like discovering that you won? Can you remember the moment or how you were feeling throughout your routine?

KY: It was an incredible honor to represent our country at the Olympics. My coach Christy Ness and I were backstage when we heard the news and we pretty much just screamed with elation. Every emotion imaginable went through my mind.

MS: Why did you decide to create the Always Dream Foundation?

KY: I worked closely with the Make A Wish Foundation after the Olympics. I love working with the kids and their families and realized that I could make a difference. That inspired me to start Always Dream. To make a positive impact in the lives of children.

MS: You’re an Olympic Champion, author, artist, mom, philanthropist, and now you have your own clothing collection! Do you have any advice for those trying to juggle many passions?

KY: It’s tough to juggle. My advice is to figure out what your priorities are and go from there. I keep my family in #1 and let everything filter down from there. And make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew. I do that sometimes and that’s when it gets stressful.

MS: We would love to hear about your 2014 Fall/Winter TsuYa Collection. What was your inspiration behind this collection?

KY: Soft, warm, and comfortable were inspirations. Our colors are a teal, a deep pink (sterling), heather grey, black and white. Along with some intricate functional active pieces we have some cute cozy layering pieces. We are proud that Tsu.ya is a product with purpose with a portion of proceeds going to support the work of the Always Dream Foundation. http://Www.tsuyabrand.com and http://www.always dream.org.

MS: What’s your favorite piece in this year’s collection? Why?

KY: It’s hard to pick just one. I’d probably go with our Mica jacket in French terry. It’s moto inspired and adds some edge to the collection.

MS: Who is your hero?

KY: My mom is my hero. She’s selfless and giving and always thinking of others. An amazing mom for me to aim to be like.

Thank you so much, Kristi!

 

For more information, check out Kristi’s website here: http://kristiyamaguchi.com/

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Q&A with Sarah Kaufman, painter and storyteller

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Melissa Seymour: Hi Sarah! Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

Sarah Kaufman: I am an artist, I paint images that look at aspects of the human experience through the lens of surreal and ethereal narratives. I take a theme (such as finding balance and strength in uncomfortable situations) and give it a story (such as an elephant trying to walk on stilts). The emotion is the same, but the presentation is different, and I think that is what makes an impact with the people who enjoy my art.

MS: How long have you been painting? What drew you to art?

SK: I have been painting since I was a little girl. My mother is an artist, so I was very lucky that painting and drawing was encouraged and nurtured in my home. For me, it is how I talk about things that are important to me. Instead of writing my stories or speaking about my thoughts, my first idea and impulse is to paint a picture.

MS: Do you have a process?

SK: The work I have been doing for the past 6 years or so has been a combination of chaos and control. I start with a blank canvas and smear, drizzle, and splatter it with texture. I use Venetian plaster and gesso mostly for this. Once it dries I seal it with lots of layers of translucent acrylic paint. I just pour it on to really glue the texture down, and in the process I build up a really rich color field on the canvas. Again, I splash and splatter it on there until it is this really energetic, chaotic, lovely mess. At this point I just stop and put all these canvases up around the studio (I usually work on several at a time) and start looking for an image to float into my mind when I look at them. When I’ve got one on the hook I start painting with oil paint. I do an under-painting to work out the elements, composition, and proportions. Then I paint in a traditional, more controlled manner to bring the story to life.

MS: What do you do when you get stuck?

SK: I just move onto another painting. I work on a painting until I see it starting to take a nose dive – when my idea isn’t forming, when I am getting too “in my head” with it, when I am losing that fresh spark of inspiration. When I get away from it, problems can start to solve themselves because I get out of my own way with them.

MS: What’s your favorite story behind a piece of art you created?

SK: Oh gosh – I have so many stories! They are truly all very important to me. Probably the most sentimental are the paintings about becoming a mom. My feelings around this experience are so rich and interesting.

But the one that stands out to me is one where someone else’s reaction was better than my story by far;

I had painted a picture of a girl riding a bicycle at night. The mud was flying out behind her, so it was clear she was really racing. The sky was purple-blue with little white stars dotting it. There was an old, 1930’s propeller plane in the sky. My idea was to capture that feeling of when I was a kid and I thought I could ride so fast I could keep up with an airplane in the sky. It is a feeling of exhilaration and naiveté that I love.

At a show, an older man was staring at the painting a long time. He told me he loved this painting about WWII. I asked him what he meant. He said that in France, when a town was being bombed with an airstrike, people would ride their bikes as fast as possible to the next town to warn them of the airstrike so they could protect themselves. His takeaway from the painting was COMPLETELY different from my narrative, but utterly logical and meaningful. It felt like I was painting his story without knowing it. How cool is that?!

This happens sometimes, where a painting is exactly what another person has experienced but I have never met them; a family situation, a mother who passed away, a life history, a philosophy or spirituality. These are my favorite experiences as an artist, when I have the privilege to really resonate with someone else.

MS: Who is your hero?

SK: Can I have more than one?

Sean Corn, Atticus Finch (fictional, but still one of my heros), Ghandi, Steve Jobs, Paul Simon, Gillian St. Clair, Tina Fey, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Charlotte Joko Beck, Freida Khalo, Tarsem, Abraham Lincoln, Alphons Mucha, Lee Bontecou, Anthony Bourdain. An incomplete list I’m sure, but these are the ones that are on my mind now.

What do they have in common? They are true to their vision and their inspiration and they are gutsy. They make their own world, often out of failure. They exhibit loads of integrity and courage, and exemplify the adage “to thy own self be true”.

For more beautiful works of art, visit Sarah’s website: http://www.sarahkaufmanart.com/
 

Q&A with Ellen Oh, author and creator of #WeNeedDiverseBooks

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Melissa Seymour: Hi Ellen! Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

Ellen Oh: I used to be a lawyer and a college instructor, but I took a long sabbatical from teaching to write my YA fantasy trilogy, The Prophecy Series. Prophecy, Book 1, came out in January of 2013 with Warrior, Book 2, out this past December. And the final book, King, will be released in December of this year.

MS: Why did you decide to start the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign?

EO: I’ve been a long time advocate for diversity in publishing ever since I started writing. Especially because of how important I think diversity is in childrens literature. I’ve written many posts about the importance of diversity, have gotten lots of ugly hate mail and nasty trollish comments, but I never let it stop me. The small group of diverse YA authors all like to talk about this problem, but it always felt like no one was listening. I wanted to do something really big to catch the attention of the public and the media. And then the whole all white male BookCon panel hit the news and the internet was awash in indignation. So I pulled together this fantastic group of authors, publishers, and bloggers and told them this idea I had for a photo heavy hashtag campaign. They were all onboard and it was through brainstorming that we came up with the #WeNeedDiverseBooks hashtag and planned our date and our campaign, which was supposed to be May 19th. But then BookCon released their guest list – and it was 30 white authors and a cat. I remember the shock and then the anger, and I went back to my team and said, we can’t wait. There was a lot of frantic rushing around and we announced our campaign the weekend before May 1st, the campaign start date. People were so behind the idea that they started using the hashtag two days before the event! And as the submissions rolled in, filled with poignant stories and cute pictures, the hashtag campaign just took off from there.

MS: What’s your goal with this campaign? Why are diverse characters and books important?

EO: I have 3 daughters and trying to find a book that they could relate to was not easy. I remember when I was growing up, how sad I was not to have any of my own heroes to look up to. It bothered me that not much had changed since I was little. But however I felt before doesn’t even compare to my feelings now that we’ve seen all the desperate wishes of so many underrepresented people. Particularly the LGBTQIA group. It hurt me to read how desperately they wanted and needed to see themselves in books at the age where they needed them the most – those young teen years. So now more than ever, I have come to realize that books can save lives. Especially diverse books.

MS: Have you had a good response with #WeNeedDiverseBooks?

EO: Oh my gosh! When I said I wanted to have a big impact, I never dreamed it would be as big as it actually got! I’m still in a daze at the response! And the submissions keep coming because people need to be heard!

MS: In what ways can people support this movement?

EO: Publishing is a business. We have got to support the diverse books and authors out there now in order for more to keep getting published. So go out there and buy diverse books or ask your local library to order diverse books! The librarians have been simply amazing in championing our cause. I adore librarians!

MS: What’s up and coming for #WeNeedDiverseBooks?

EO: We have 2 big announcements that we will be making at our BookCon Panel so you will have to wait until May 31st! But we are really excited about them!

MS: Who is your hero/heroine?

EO: I’m a huge Oprah fan. She’s kind of my idol. Not because I want to be a talk show host, but because she’s such a savvy business person. And she did it despite being a minority and a woman.

 

Follow Ellen Oh on Twitter: @elloecho

Q&A with Elizabeth Zunon, artist and children’s book illustrator

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Melissa Seymour: Hi Elizabeth! Thanks for speaking with us today. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

Elizabeth Zunon: I am a children’s book illustrator, working mostly in oil paint and collage. I love bright colors, funky patterns, and hearing stories about people and their passions. I lived in the Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire), West Africa, where my Dad is from, until I was twelve years old, and many of the books I have illustrated take place in Africa.

MS: When did you know you were an artist? Did you draw as a child?

EZ: I think I always knew I was an artist- I’ve loved to draw, paint, color, create, and use my imagination ever since I was a child. I knew I was an artist maybe the first time that I drew something and felt very proud of it.

MS: How did you get involved in illustrating picture books? What do you love about them?

EZ: I studied Illustration in college at the Rhode island School of Design. After that, I submitted my portfolio to book publishers in New York, all the while attending author/illustrator conferences and events. Eventually I met my agent, who has helped me get published! I’d always loved the format of picture books, having being read to by my Mom and grandmother as a child (and loving to watch “Reading Rainbow” on TV!). I love that the images in a picture book often tell a story all on their own without the words, and the words of course tell a story, but when you use both words and images together, the depth of the story is reinforced into one complete and very unique package.

MS: What’s your favorite type of picture book? Why are you drawn to it?

EZ: My favorite type of picture book is non-fiction, because I love learning about real places and real people I might never get to experience in person.

MS: What’s your process for creating picture book illustrations? Do the characters appear in your mind or does it take some work to create them?

EZ: The characters are usually the first thing to appear in my mind when I read a manuscript. I feel if I can see them, if I can draw them, it helps me get to know them and try to put myself in their shoes. I plot out the picture book into a storyboard first, where I doodle and play around to figure out which images will go on which pages. Next, I look for reference images of certain things in the story, like clothing, houses or animals. Sometimes I take photos of myself to use as reference, posing in various situations from the story. Then, I create larger drawings, one for each page of the book, with more detail, and transfer my drawings on to the final paper I will paint them on. Finally, I break out the oil paint and get to work! Sometimes, once my paint is dry, I will add collage elements of cut paper onto the illustration.

MS: What motto do you live by?

EZ: “Don’t worry about it. Just do what you do- And do it good.”- Bill Withers

MS: Who is your hero/heroine?

EZ: Hmm… I admire many different people, artists, musicians… I would say my hero/heroine is anyone who pursues their passion.

 

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Check out more of Elizabeth Zunon’s work here: http://lizzunon.com/

 

Q&A with Dr. Jane Goodall

Dr. Jane Goodall is best known for her dedication and work around endangered species, particularly chimpanzees. Currently, she travels 300 days per year giving lectures all over the world. This year, Dr. Goodall celebrates her 80th birthday and the release of her most recent book, “Seeds of Hope”.

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Melissa Seymour: Hello, Dr. Goodall! Thank you so much for joining us! What was it like seeing a chimpanzee in the wild for the very first time? What was running through your mind?

Dr. Jane Goodall: The first chimpanzee I saw took one look and ran off. As did they all for the next few months. What was running through my mind? If this goes on and the money runs out, this will be the end and I’ll have let Louis Leaky down.

MS: What has working with chimpanzees taught you about life?

DJG: That we humans are not the only beings on the planet with personalities, minds capable of rational thought, and above all, emotions. Now we know many other animals have intellectual capabilities once thought unique to us.

MS: How do you think people should treat our environment and world? Why is this so important? 

DJG: We are using the planet’s natural resources as though they are infinite. They are finite. We cannot go on like this if we care about our grandchildren and theirs. We are stealing their future. We must change our attitudes. Also, animals need us to respect them. The way we abuse them is so terrible. The billions of animals raised for food around the world—this process is destroying the planet. Vast areas of forest are cut down to make space for growing grain, or grazing. Vast amounts of methane gases are produced—a worse greenhouse gas than C02.

There are also the problems of poaching, sport hunting, puppy mills, animals exploited in entertainment—circus, advertising. Pollutants from agri-business, industry, households, golf courses, leaching into rivers, and the sea. Oceans are becoming less able to absorb C02, loss of species, climate change—what does this mean for those to follow us?

MS: What makes Gombe National Park your favorite place on earth? What is it like? 

DJG: A rain forest. All life intertwined. Home to the chimpanzees we have studied since 1960. I sense a great spiritual power and feel part of the cycle of life.

MS: Was there ever a time in your career when you weren’t taken seriously? 

DJG: When I went to Cambridge University for my PHD, with no college experience of any sort, I was told I had done my study all wrong—I should not have named the chimps for numbers were more scientific. I could not talk about them having minds, personalities, or emotions—they are unique to us humans, I was told. Luckily, my childhood dog Rusty had taught me that the professors were wrong. And so I carried on, but learned how to write about it in a scientific way. And I got my PHD!

MS: Congratulations on your new book! Why did you decided to write “Seeds of Hope”?  

DJG: I wrote a long section of plants for my previous book “Hope for Animals and Their World”. However, it became too long and the publishers suggested that my coauthor, Gail Hudson, and I cut it out. I was sad because so many botanists had helped. I decided to do a whole book—and what a fabulous journey it has been.

MS: Who is your hero/heroine?

DJG: My mother. From the start she supported me. When everyone else laughed at my dreams of Africa, she said, “If you really want something you will have to work hard, take advantage of opportunities, and never give up.” She found books for me to read (about animals), thinking that I would then learn to read more quickly. When the British authorities of what was then Tanganyika British Protectorate, refused permission for a young girl, straight from England, into the forest with potentially dangerous animals they finally gave in to Louis Leakey. However, they said I had to have a companion. My mother volunteered. Money for six months and she was there for the first four months—she helped boost my morale when the chimpanzees initially ran off at first sight. Pointing out those things I was learning, albeit from a distance. For the rest of her life, she was my best friend.

Photo credit:  © Michael Neugebauer

Q&A with Kathrine Switzer, first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon

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Melissa Seymour: Hi Kathrine! Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

Kathrine Switzer: While I was never a ‘professional’ athlete, it is running that shaped my life and is still a kind of hub of my life.  From that has come a profound determination and activism to empower women everywhere and help them achieve equal status in society. Running helps do that, or at least realize many inequities. I mostly earn my living as a speaker and also a TV commentator, but I am asked every day for my opinions; this questionnaire is another example. I am a journalist by training and by passion; next to running (and my husband!) I love to write and find that the most fulfilling thing for me. I have authored 4 books –‘Running and Walking for Women Over 40’ (2 editions, first in 1998; 2nd a re-vamped and updated E-book version launched last week), my memoir ‘Marathon Woman’ and co-authored with my husband Roger Robinson, ’26.2 Marathon Stories’.

MS: What was it like running the 1967 Boston Marathon? 

KS: I discovered early that running always made me feel powerful, free and fearless. The longer I ran, the stronger I felt so the 26.2-mile distance intrigued me. The Boston Marathon, which was founded in 1897, was the most famous race in the world to me next to the Olympics. Yet unlike the Olympics, it was supposedly open to anyone who wanted to try to run. So, of course, it was a frightening experience when the race director attacked me in the race and tried to rip off my bib numbers.  He was furious that I was a woman who had entered what he claimed was a men’s only race. The above photos of him assaulting me are in Time-Life’s book, “100 Photos That Changed the World.”

MS: How did that moment change your life?

KS: In short, it changed my life completely—and it therefore changed millions of women’s lives around the world.  It gave me a sense of vision, even radicalized me, and gave me a life plan.  Running a marathon always changes your life, but this was a particularly massive change.

MS: What was it like being featured in the documentary The Makers

KS: Overwhelming. First to be in such legendary company.  And also because I had no idea that they would use so much of my interview and that I would open the whole show.  But what happened to me in the Boston Marathon was a dramatic example of an ‘awakening’, and the first part of that Makers documentary was about how we see things often for the first time, when a moment of total clarity flashes on like a light.  Makers was important to me; it took my story to many thousands of people.

MS: What’s a motto you live by?

KS: Be Fearless. Be Free. Be grateful.

MS: Could you tell us a little bit about your new book? Why did you decide to write it?

KS: It’s an updated version of my first book, ‘Running and Walking for Women Over 40,’ which sold well  and continues to sell, but now is 17 years old.  So an updated version was important and it was also important to do this as an E-book, with so many millions of women entering running at 40, 50, 60 and even 75 years of age, they are needing current advice.  We’re into whole new generations. It is phenomenal seeing these women run and walk—some for the first time, some who are just getting older.  They are changing their lives and living so well and happily.   They inspire me!  Older women love E-books as they can enlarge the type. I loved this edition as I put in a lot of photos of women who just did the impossible after age 40, and it is cool to see their photos, as well.

MS: What advice do you have for other women going into careers/sports made up primarily of men?  

KS: That if you are personally fit and prepared yourself, you will have a sense of empowerment that nobody can take away from you.  And when you feel this way, you can meet men on equal and friendly terms and work well as a team, and not be intimidated.  Most people, men too, are perfectly companionable when you are not defensive and know your stuff.

MS: Who is your hero/heroine?

KS: All those women out there who finally give themselves permission to take time for themselves to do what they really want, and that includes getting fit, losing weight, getting an education, going for it in the job market and overcoming their own self-doubts and fears. As I say in my book:   “Sometimes our greatest acts of courage are when we take the first steps for ourselves.”

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Check out Kathrine’s new book Running and Walking for Women Over 40 here: http://diversionbooks.com/ebooks/running-and-walking-women-over-40

Q&A with NYT Best Selling Author, Andrea Beaty

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Melissa Seymour: Hi, Andrea! Please tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

Andrea Beaty: I am the author of ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER, IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT, ATTACK OF THE FLUFFY BUNNIES and other books for kids. I previously studied biology and computer science and worked in IT for many years. Now, I write books about wonder, passion, and killer alien rabbits. I also visit schools around the world (in person and via skype) to share my passion for creativity, writing, and books.

MS: When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Why?

AB: I never set out to be a writer. I was about thirty when I came to it. Before that, I was busy exploring everything that interested me: biology, computers, literature, history, music. Everything. When I started reading books with my kids, I started getting ideas for stories. My exploration ultimately made me a writer. It gave me stories to tell. That is why I tell kids to read everything they can and to explore all the things that interest them. Everything is connected. You never know where it might lead!

MS: We absolutely love Rosie Revere, Engineer! Why did you decide to write this book?

AB: Thank you. I also love this kid. She is smart and curious and passionate. (This seems to be a theme in my books.) I wrote the story after I saw David Robert’s illustrations for IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT. David is simply brilliant.

The students in Miss Lila Greer’s classroom intrigued me. As in any group of kids, they have their own personalities and talents. I was especially curious about Rosie after I realized that she never reveals both of her eyes in the book. She shyly tries to hide behind her swooping bangs.

I knew I wanted her to be an engineer because I figured she would have lots of great ideas. (And I wanted to see what wonders David would help her create.) As always, his illustrations were amazing. As with IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT, the illustrations are deceptively simple looking, but they contain so much humor and funny hidden details. I have read each book hundreds of times and still find things I had not seen before. Also, there are lots of tiny references between the two books. Kids love finding them.

MS: What was it like finding out that your book was a New York Times Best Seller?

AB: It was terrific affirmation that Rosie was reaching kids. Authors and illustrators send our books out into the world and have no clue how a book is doing for six months and often longer. I knew immediately that Rosie was connecting from the wonderful letters parents sent. Rosie inspired their kids to start inventing. They also wanted to hear the book over and over again. The NYT list was proof that lots of families were finding the book.

One of the most exciting things for me is that Rosie helps kids embrace the idea that it’s okay to fail as long as you don’t give up. That is an enormously big deal. Kids are so often their own toughest critics and they shut down if things don’t go the way they envision. Rosie shows them that it’s okay. Brush off the disappointment. Figure out what you can do differently. Learn from it and enjoy the process. And have fun! Joy is such a key to learning.

It is also thrilling to see so many girls read ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER and immediately decide that they want to be engineers. For many, it will be a passing idea. Personally, I had 7,000 careers before I was twelve. But for some, it will become a lifelong goal. And in either case, for engineer to be on that list of options for girls is terrific!

MS: Why are strong girl characters so important in children’s literature?

AB: We read literature for lots of reasons. It amuses us. It takes us to places and times we can’t visit on our own. It builds empathy. At its best, literature teaches us how to deal with life.

We can see ourselves in characters that are not exactly like us. That is why boys also connect to ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER and girls like IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT. But when a reader sees a character that is like them, it makes the story much more real.

Identifying with a character lets us envision ourselves facing and overcoming the same problems. If a shy girl named Rosie can overcome doubt, create a crazy cheese-copter, and deal with its failure, maybe a girl reading the book can make an invention to help someone. That belief makes her stronger and braver and bolder. That belief sets loose an energy that knows no bounds. I truly believe that when we embolden and empower girls, we change the world.

MS: How do you think women are represented in the media? Do you think this affects girls?

AB: The way media represents women is destructive and it affects our girls and our boys. I think it is a mistake to focus solely on how this affects girls. Both must have realistic views of themselves and each other. Neither can develop a realistic view of women (or men for that matter) based on the unattainable, hyper-photoshopped mutant models presented in advertising and the media.

When my daughter and son were very young, I made it my job at every single trip to the grocery store to point out the crazy stupid magazine covers. It was tedious and annoying and crazy-making, but it taught them to question the messages they see all around them. It is absurd and warped that anyone should have to teach their kids what women (and men) really look like. Our species has survived for a long, long time without having to do that. And yet, here we are.

I do take heart—a little—that people are starting to wake up about this. The backlash to the Princess Merida changes by Disney made my heart sing. Ultimately, though, we control this. We have got to pony up and stop buying into the nonsense. And that means stop supporting magazines, toys, movies, video games, or TV shows that distort how women are portrayed. Stand up and call people out on it. Money drives this whole thing. Stop making it profitable. Then it will change.

Also, we need to change how we talk to girls. We so often make appearances the focus of what we say to girls. We don’t do that with boys. I have been guilty of this many times and am trying to break this habit.

Now, when I meet kids at events, I ask each of them one simple question:  What do you make? The answers amaze me. AND, they do not follow expected gender boundaries. They are a wonderful jumble of art and engineering and everything else all tossed in together.

Every kid has something they are passionate about. Find a way to make that the first thing you discuss with them. It shows them that you care and that what they do is far more important than how they look. Ultimately, that is the best weapon to fight off all the other nonsense.

MS: What was your favorite book as a child?

AB: Go, Dog, Go! by P.D. Eastman was my favorite. I spent hour upon hour pouring over the illustration at the end and contemplating what I would do if I was invited to a big dog party like that. (We had dogs, but they never invited me to their parties.) The dogs in this book had a trampoline, a trapeze, and cake!  How could a person choose? As I got older, I loved Nancy Drew & Trixie Beldon mysteries. I even had a detective club after school with my friend. Our pledge was the Miranda Act. Clearly, I also spent too much time watching Dragnet.

MS: Who is your hero/heroine?

AB: My biggest heroes are my parents. They worked so hard their entire lives so that their six kids could have good educations. My success is only possible because of them. My mom gave us all an enormous love of books. I was raised in a town of 300 people and our house had more books in it than the rest of the whole town. Including the school. That made an impression.

My other heroes are my in-laws, my aunts and uncles and the people of their generation who literally saved the world in WWII. ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER is dedicated to them. We have an unpayable debt to them for doing what was needed when it was needed the most.

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