Q: What's your favorite color?
A: White. All of the other colors look great against it.
Q: What's your favorite food?
A: Popcorn. OF COURSE!
Q: What are the names of your dogs?
A: I no longer have dogs. They're all in Doggy Heaven. Some of their names were
Madison, Morgan, Moffat, and Markus.
Q: Do you have any cats?
A: I have a new Abyssinian kitten. His name is Kahlo
(after the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo).
He was born on April 11, 2004.
Q: What's your favorite holiday?
Q: What's your favorite book of your own?
A: I used to say that my favorite book of my own was the book I was working on at the time I was asked that question.
When the new full-color, redrawn edition of NANA UPSTAIRS & NANA DOWNSTAIRS was published, I realized that NANA UPSTAIRS & NANA DOWNSTAIRS was my favorite book of my own.
Q: Do you have a wife?
Q: Do you have children?
Q: What was your favorite book as a child?
A: HITTY, HER FIRST HUNDRED YEARS, by Rachel Field (the original version)
Q: What is your favorite book as an adult?
A: KRISTIN LAVRANSDATTER, by Sigrid Undset
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Cooking, reading, gardening, traveling, watching movies, SHOPPING!
Q: How old are you?
A: I was 69 on September 15, 2003.
Q: Why doesn't your last name start with a capital letter?
A: It's just the way my last name is spelled… with a lower case "d."
Q: Why do you sign your name with a heart and why do you draw hearts in your
A: The heart has become a sort of symbol for me. I also use it as shorthand or an
abbreviation for "love."
Q: Are some of your books true?
All of the "26 Fairmount Avenue" books are autobiographical.
NANA UPSTAIRS & NANA DOWNSTAIRS is autobiographical.
WATCH OUT FOR THE CHICKEN FEET IN YOUR SOUP is very
loosely based on childhood experiences.
OLIVER BUTTON IS A SISSY is loosely based on childhood
NOW ONE FOOT, NOW THE OTHER is very loosely based on
THE ART LESSON is mostly autobiographical.
TOM is mostly autobiographical.
THE BABY SISTER is mostly autobiographical.
Q: How many Strega Nona books are there?
BIG ANTHONY AND THE MAGIC RING
STREGA NONA'S MAGIC LESSONS
MERRY CHRISTMAS, STREGA NONA
STREGA NONA MEETS HER MATCH
STREGA NONA, HER STORY
BIG ANTHONY, HIS STORY
STREGA NONA TAKES A VACATION