Back to school favorite: pens or notebooks?
My grammar school years ended in 1971—so during the ‘hippie era’ notebook covers were psychedelic and ‘mod’—multicolored swirls, geometric patterns, loud designs. Pens were still kinda ‘blah’ – we did have Bic ballpoints—but the notebooks were definitely more ‘groovy’.
Hiking or jumping in a pile of leaves?
I enjoy hiking on rather easy trails—I’m not a mountain climber (too cowardly) but I did hike the shortest trail on Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, a few miles, nothing treacherous. There are some beautiful trails on Cape Cod, and I hike the unpaved ones. The paved ones are definitely for biking!
Halloween or Thanksgiving?
That’s a close call, but I’d have to say Halloween. Fall in New England is spectacular—apple crisp days, Honey Crisp apples, the colorful reds, yellows, and bronzes of the foliage. I enjoy going to Salem, Mass. in October—all month long, thousands of revelers show up in outrageous costumes and roam the streets, past the 17th century Witch House, the House of the Seven Gables, and other historic houses there. It’s crowded but a lot of fun—I enjoy going on the nighttime ghost tours, and the walking tours guided by actual witches, who explain the history of witches in Salem and the infamous witch craze and trials of 1692.
Hot buttered rum or hot chocolate?
Since I don’t drink alcohol, it’s definitely hot chocolate. I make it with a few squares of dark chocolate and coconut milk, microwave for 2 minutes, add a dollop of whipped cream, and it’s dreamy.
Whose book (besides one of yours) are you most looking forward to reading?
One of my favorite authors is Barbara Erskine. She’s British, and her books are set in Essex, on England’s east coast. She writes spooky, creepy paranormals. Having lived in England, I’ll read anything set there. But Barbara’s books never disappoint me. Her latest is THE DARKEST HOUR. I’m saving it for the dark and stormy nights that’ll be here soon!