Photo by Melanie Greene

Photo by Melanie Greene

I'm a #1 New York Times bestselling author with over 6 million copies of my books in print in 32 languages. 

As a child I loved the BBC Greek tragedies on Channel 13.  Why my parents thought it was appropriate to let me watch we'll never know, but I spent of much of my preschool years sacrificing my dolls.  Then I was given a copy of Shakespeare for Children.  I memorized every story and in middle school begged my parents to take me to every play. 

So we can agree I was a weird kid with an outsized love of tragedy.

But noodling through their shelves of records I also discovered Tom Lehrer and came home from school to listen to his albums for hours.  When I started babysitting I spent my money on Weird Al Yancovic cassettes. 

And somewhere between my obsession with royalty brought low and the comedy of the absurd you have The Nanny Dairies

As a creative coach I believe it's the audience's God-given right to be entertained.  As a journalist I want to know what drives people, what excites them, and how they get through the days when it doesn't all come together.  And as an artist I believe in sitting quietly for a few minutes every day to keep that channel open to the magical place where the words come from. 

And chocolate.  Dear God, I believe in chocolate.