Interview Conducted by:
1. When did you get inspired to write this book?
About 13 years ago. That’s how long it took me to write it.
2. What inspired you to write this book?
My son was ten years old at the time and, in spite of having special needs, he was the most kindhearted, courageous, and bright boy I have ever known. He was teaching me so much. Especially, he was teaching me not to judge people by appearances. I wanted to put some of his life lessons together with mine to make a story that would inspire anybody who is dealing with difficulties and challenges.
3. How many books have you written? What is your favorite book that you have written?
This is my first novel. And it is my favorite. Ha!
4. What is your favorite book in general? Favorite author?
Gabriel García Marquez is my favorite author, and his novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, my all-time favorite novel. Not young adult, but wonderfully written and full of magic, myth, and humor.
5. What is your favorite movie?
Amélie. I could re-watch this anytime, and still discover new surprises.
6. Would you rather be in a room full of spiders or a bathtub filled with snakes?
What a great question! Actually, I like snakes and spiders (I know, I’m weird). But I think I’d prefer to be in the company of spiders, sipping English tea with James and his friends, inside the Giant Peach while hurtling through the skies.
7. Where is your favorite place to write (i.e. office, park, couch, etc.)?
In my beautiful, secluded office amid grand old oaks. Here’s a picture of my office:
8. Any other interesting facts/info about you.
When I was little, I wanted to be Glinda, the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz. But I was mischievous and headstrong and often mistaken for a boy. Pixie haircut, cowboy boots. I was Zorro at First Communion. Cisco Kid at the Easter Egg Hunt. Calamity Jane on Halloween. Always the daydreamer. I wanted to build forts, and shoot a .38, and smoke Marlboro cigarettes. My seven siblings and I formed crews and we marched through hip-high grasses in search of broken critters to rescue, swallows stricken from their nests, lizards, stray kittens.
Unlike most authors, I never imagined I’d be a writer till much later.
There were things I needed to do first. I’ve been by turns a waitress, a lay minster, a journalist, an infant massage instructor, a flight attendant, and a hang glider.
For a while I thought I’d be a painter. My first stories were told through watercolors. Then, I discovered the power of the written word. Life is quite an adventure, isn’t it?
Thank you so much Ms. Gregory for all of your support and your book is absolutely amazing and inspiring!