Debbie: Christine, tell us a little about yourself.
Christine: Nothing like an open-ended question to start things off! I’m the youngest of six kids and I knew early on that to get noticed I was going to have to distinguish myself in some way. I learned to whistle (by sucking my breath in) by the time I was six months old. There you have it—my claim to fame.
Debbie: And, of course, we want to know all about your latest book.
Christine: Mary Margaret, Running Scared is the fifth book in a series for 8- to 12-year-olds. In this one, Mary Margaret develops a fear of the dark right before Halloween, which definitely messes with all her Halloween plans and also with her concept of herself as uber-competent.
Debbie: Other books and projects on the horizon?
Christine: Something Good (Carolrhoda) is a forthcoming picture book about a lost lovey and a found dog but it won’t be out for a few years.
Debbie: Your favorite place in Michigan?
Christine: I’ve given this a lot of thought and the answer I’ve arrived at is the location doesn’t matter as much as that I’m with my friends and/or family. Wherever they are—that’s my favorite place.
Debbie: What a sweet answer! How about something you'd like a non-Michigander to know about our state?
Debbie: Some residents of Michigan refer to themselves as Michiganders; others Michiganians. For our ongoing vote tally: Are you a "Michigander" or a "Michiganian"?
Christine: I’m not wild about either choice and I’m big on recasting the sentence when I don’t like it, so I just say I’m from Michigan.