Who is your favorite goddess?
I am partial to the Greek goddesses, but I could never choose only one. Some of my favorites include Artemis, Athena, Hera, Hekate, Hestia, the nine Muses and their mother, Mnemoysne (Na-móz-in-ay), who is the Goddess of Memory. Another one
of my favorites is Tyche, the Goddess of Fortune, and of course, Eirene, the Goddess
Where do you get your ideas?
Ideas often come to me when I’m walking in the woods, which is why you would see a pencil tucked behind my ear and a notebook tucked in my pocket if you happened to be in the same woods.
How did you get interested in goddesses?
Artemis fascinated me when I was a girl because she left Mount Olympus to live an independent life. She refused to reside among the gods and insisted that her father supply her with everything her brother had received, including her bow and arrows. She is also protectress of young girls.
My interest in goddesses resurfaced about 20 years ago when I discovered that there was a time on Earth when women and girls were considered sacred because of their similarity to the goddesses. I wanted everyone to know what I was finding out about women’s ancient history and all the cultures that have revered women through the ages, so I created an engagement calendar called Return of the Goddess, which I published and distributed internationally.
Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favorites:
Birdsall, Jeanne. THE PENDERWICKS
Creech, Sharon. WALK TWO MOONS and LOVE THAT DOG
Nancy Farmer. THE EAR, THE EYE AND THE ARM
Shannon Hale. PRINCESS ACADEMY and THE GOOSE GIRL
Karen Hesse. OUT OF THE DUST
Megan Whalen Turner. THE THIEF trilogy
Jane Yolen. WHITE JENNA and SISTER LIGHT, SISTER DARK
Markus Zusak, THE BOOK THIEF
What are you writing about now?
I’m working on several projects, but the one I am most involved in right now is a novel-in-verse about Greek goddesses. I have also completed a novel-in-verse about Emily Dickinson that I hope you will soon see in print.