It’s Monday. I’m recovering from a lovely pre-Valentine’s Day dinner with Spence and trying to get into the flow of another work week. Tonight I’ll be baking red velvet cupcakes for tomorrow’s festivities and trying to do some Zumba (to balance out the candy and cupcakes, natch).
1. Favorite ice cream flavor?
This is tough, mainly because your girl likes to eat, but I’m going to say pistachio. I’d never even tried it — I mean, it’s green — until a friend convinced me to get a scoop years ago. And I’ve never gone back. Butter pecan is a close second, though.
2. What’s in your purse?
Oh Lordy, what isn’t in my purse? Aside from all the normal things — wallet, driver’s license, mounds of loose change — I have several books of stamps (regular, international, postcard) because I’m obsessed with mail. I also have lotion, about 20 varieties of lip gloss and Chapstick, a little wallet filled with coupons I always forget to use and six different pens. Including two kinds of Sharpie. (Always, always be prepared.)
3. If you could meet one author, who would it be and why?
Megan McCafferty. She just seems so wicked cool and is incredibly talented. If she’d be cool with bringing Jessica Darling and Marcus Flutie along, too, I’d be set.
4. If money were no object, what is one thing you would buy yourself right now?
A house. Paying cash for a home would be awesome. But considering I’m a saver and not a spender, I’d much rather just shove a stack of cash in my bank account for a “rainy day.” Though the question is one of buying, not saving, so we’ll go with house.
5. What do you want to be when you grow up?
A writer! Well, a professional novelist. If there is such a thing. I’m cool with being an editor and columnist, though.
6. What’s another hobby besides reading?
Photography would be a big one, especially since I got my Rebel. Crocheting, too — I’m a scarf-making machine! I also love cooking, baking, traveling and pondering life’s strange happenstances. I try not to do much of the last one, though.
7. Favorite recipe?
It’s too hard to narrow down to just one, so I’ll go with my favorite dessert recipe — and it has to be this one, for Mexican chocolate cupcakes. I’ve never had a baked good garner so much attention. Between friends, family and coworkers, all 24 are usually gone within a day.
8. Sweet or sour?
Hmmm . . . sour. As much as I love dessert, I’d rather have too much of a sour thing than a sweet one.
“Becoming Jane,” mostly because I’m wickedly in love with James McAvoy. And Anne Hathaway is a personal hero of mine. Plus, you know, Jane Austen. You really can’t go wrong with this one.
10. Have you ever been to a play?
Oh goodness, yes! In fact, little-known Meg fact: I was quite the thespian in my day. I was in 14 plays in high school, including Jane Austen’s “Emma” (and I was the titular character! Ahh, the excitement). I’ve attended countless plays and musicals over the years, and my favorite professional show would have to be “Wicked.” We saw it in Chicago when I was in college.
11. Why did you start blogging?
Initially? Boredom. I was feeling lost and unfulfilled after college and looking for a creative outlet. Before I started writing professionally, I was eager to share my thoughts with someone. I started writing and reviewing books after leaving my bookseller job at Borders because I missed talkin’ book shop with other readers. And I’ve never looked back!