Favorite books to read as a child or teenager?
I am obsessed with Ramona Quimby (she’s my role model
in all that I do) and I love Louis Sachar’s Wayside School stories, especially
the one with the potato tattoo and the one where – spoiler alert! - Sammy takes
off his coats and he’s a dead rat. Other favorites include Lois Duncan’s A Gift of Magic, R.L. Stine’s Fear
Street series (which I’ve had the pleasure of reviving for today’s teens!), and
Lois Lowry’s The Giver (I guess I
have a thing for authors named Lois).
What do you love about working in publishing?
Every day, I have to pinch myself that I get to help
create books that teens will read and that have the possibility of making an
impact on their lives like so many books still make an impact on mine. There’s
nothing like the feeling of discovering a new book that just gets
you, and it’s so fun to help those
books get published. I also love working with so many other nerds! There’s
never a shortage of people to talk to about musicals, obscure European strategy
games, and terrible TV shows.
Best advice you’ve ever been given?
My mom used to tell me, “Do the kind thing,” and
although it can be really
follow this advice, she’s right. It’s always the best path, even when it’s
What do you do on a rainy day?
On a rainy day, you’ll either find me exploring a new
museum or lounging about at home. I love to watch “Survivor” and “The
Bachelor/Bachelorette” (don’t judge me!), do crossword puzzles, paint my nails,
and fix up our apartment. It’s not unusual to find me switching out an old
doorknob or painting our kitchen shelves!
What’s your idea of fun?
I love exploring the city by foot, discovering new
neighborhoods, and eating cheap food with my friends. I also love visiting my
home state of New Hamsphire, where you’ll likely find me lounging on the lake
in an inner tube, and riding the Cyclone in Coney Island. If I was a
millionaire, I’d see a Broadway show every night, but since I’m not, I go as
often as I can! I also like sitting on the beach with a good book, riding the
subway with a good book, and visiting new places with a good book.