* I collect PEZ. I even have a Christmas tree covered in PEZ dispensers and rolls of PEZ candy.
* My first job was making ice cream cones at Dairy Queen.
* I’m terrible at crossword puzzles, but I try to do one every day.
* I know an astronaut. (For real! We wrote a book together.)
* I’m married to my high school sweetheart and have three kids, a regular dog and a dog who thinks he’s a cat.
* I have a tiara. I don’t wear it in public though. 'Cause, you know, that would be super weird.
* I’ve tossed a penny on Ben Franklin’s grave.
* The best birthday gift I ever received was an autographed copy of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee.
* I used to be a Kindergarten teacher.
* The book SAVVY by Ingrid Law is one of the things that inspired me to pursue my dream to write fiction, so I snuck the title into my first middle grade novel. (If you ask me, I'll tell you the other thing!)
* My personal record is 18 1/2 roller coasters in one day. It happened June 14, 2010 at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. The 1/2 is a good story that involves a 400-foot rollback at night. It. Was. Awesome!
* I’ve been writing professionally for twenty years and sold the very first article I ever submitted. (Fellow writers, don’t hate me. If it makes you feel better, I’ve been rejected too many times to count since.)
* In 2008, Highlights for Children nominated my article “How the Brain Fools the Eye” for an American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award. That was pretty exciting since science was one of my favorite subjects in school.
* I am a black belt in taekwondo.
* I have over half-a-dozen tattoos. My mom knows and thinks they’re cool.
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