1. What was your favorite book when you were a kid?
A. I didn’t have one favorite book, though I liked reading biographies as well as novels. The first book I really fell in love with was The Once and Future King, which I read when I was 13. It’s a version (a long version) of the King Arthur story by T. H. White.
2. What’s your favorite book that you’ve written?
A. Two things you should never ask a middle-aged lady author: How old are you, and What’s your favorite book that you’ve written.
4. How old are your kids?
A. Glad you asked. Aquila was born in 1975 and Tielman in 1978. Aquila graduated from College of the Ozarks in 1998 with an Aviation Science degree. After several years of working in the aviation industry, she decided to go back to school and get an aerospace engineering degree. But now she’s working on her biggest challenge yet: an M.O.M degree. Tielman went directly from high school to show business. He’s worked as a caricature artist at Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal city in L. A.; as a silhouette cutter at Disneyland in Tokyo. Now he owns a caricature booth at the top of the Stratosphere tower in Las Vegas, runs an online caricature business at CartoonVegas, goes to parties, and takes on freelance art project with the help of his wife, Andrea. Check out his website at studiotiel.com
5. When do you work?
A. If it doesn’t get done in the morning, it won’t get done.
6. Why do you go by your initials?
A. If your name was “Janie Cheaney” (for real), don’t you think it would look a little silly on a book
7. Where do you work?
A. My office is about the sizeof a walk-in closet. It’s very crowded but has everything I need: a dictionary a
nd thesaurus within easy reach, a chair will casters so I can roll over to the thesaurus and swivel around to the dictionary, lots of pens, lots of pencils (and an old Boston sharpener), a desktop computer, a coffee maker, stacks of books and printouts that I ’ll never get around to reading, lined notebook paper, notecards, and sticky notes. And a window that I spend too much time looking out of. What you don’t see is the clock that tries to keep me on schedule, with mixed results. I often hear it sighing in frustration. And you don’t see me, because I’m taking the picture. But if you look very closely, you might be able to see some ideas floating around.
8. How do you get your ideas?
A. I don’t get ideas–they get me!
9. What’s your favorite color?
A. Certain shades of green, and certain shades of blue.
That means I’m cool, because those are the cool colors.
10. Have you ever been abducted by aliens?
A. Haven’t we all?