There's a lot you can learn about an author by reading his or her books. But that doesn't necessarily give you the ridiculously-exposed, now-I-know-your-deepest-and-darkest-secrets scoop about what she likes for breakfast, who he dated in college, or how far back his memories from childhood go.
I try to be open and honest, which is why with each of my novels I've released the Bonus Materials that include some behind-the-scenes snippets into my life. But even then, I've realized there's tons about me you still don't know.
Thus, I am pleased to introduce a new feature on this blog: Fifteen Factoids, in which I promise to tell you fifteen little snippets I guarantee you don't know about me (unless you're my husband, my grandma, or a stalker I don't yet know about).
For the very first Fifteen Factoid installment, I'm offering up free of charge fifteen things you didn't know about my childhood. Starting with:
1) I grew up in the California Bay Area with my older brother, my dad, and my mom (who passed away when I was three).
2) I skipped second grade. So did my brother.
3) I was a competitive baton twirler. My team of five won the state championships one year. I also did gymnastics on and off.
4) We were big baseball fans. My dad and brother were at the A's vs. Giants World Series game the night before the big San Fransisco earthquake.
5) The only animal I was ever scared of were bats. They carried rabies and infested the mines near our home.
6) My favorite field trips in elementary school were seeing the Nutcracker in San Fransisco and going on an overnight trip with my dad to Monterrey.
7) I cried the first time I got an S (for satisfactory) instead of an E (for excellent) on my report card. Over-achiever, much?
8) When I was in third grade, I had to wear a patch over one half of my glasses for about a year in an attempt to cure lazy eye.
9) In fourth grade I started violin, which I continued on through college.
10) I wanted to be an author when I grew up.
11) When I was eight, my dad married my brother's first-grade teacher.
12) I didn't learn until sixth grade that February is officially considered a winter month.
13) I have lots of cousins, and we got together often.
14) The church we went to didn't have a baptismal, so we held baptism services in someone's backyard swimming pool.
15) I was very sheltered. No Smurfs, Scooby Doo, or Care Bears.
Now it's your turn. What's something interesting most people don't know about your childhood?