Excerpted from Jackson Jones and the Puddle of Thorns by Mary Quattlebaum. Copyright © 1995 by Mary Quattlebaum. Excerpted by permission of Yearling, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
author fun facts
Born: May 2 in Bryan, Texas, and grew up in King George, Virginia
Education: King George High School; B.A. in Psychology from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia; M.A. in English Literature from Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Current home: I live in Washington, DC with my husband Christopher David
Fun Jobs: Previous jobs include working in 18th century costume for Colonial Williamsburg and "slinging french fries" at King's Dominion, a theme park in Virginia.
Pets: 8 gerbils and 36 fish
Favorite hobbies: travel and reading
Favorite foods: peanut butter, peaches, and this hodge-podge vegetable soup I make that my family calls "hinky-dinky"
Favorite clothes to wear: baggy t-shirts and shorts and sneakers that are so old they feel as soft as slippers
Favorite colors: green, blue, red
Favorite books: As a child--The Dog on Barkham Street by Mary Stolz and Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden. As an adult, favorite authors are William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Elizabeth, Carole Maso, Mark Richard