Is Dusty your real name?

Yes, yes it is. My dad named me Dusty Marie. Marie was my mom’s middle name prior to marriage, and according to my dad, he named me Dusty because he liked the meaning of the name. He can’t remember what it meant that caught his attention, but I have since learned that it means “warrior” or “brave soldier”.

When did you start writing?

I wrote my first story in third grade. We were instructed to create a story using something like three to five of our weekly spelling words. I can’t remember the exact nature of the story, but I do recall something about a skeleton who spoke Spanish. I guess I caught the writing bug at that point. Since then, I have written short stories, poems, blogs, songs, journal entries. etc. Basically, if it can be written, I’ve probably done it.

Who are your favorite authors?

I love to read! Truthfully, I’ll read almost anything. I don’t really have favorite authors in a general sense, but if you break it down by genre, then I’d have to say Jane Austen in classics, Charles Frazier in fiction, David McCullough and Stephen Ambrose in history, and Agatha Christie in mystery.

Do you have a favorite book?

This is constantly evolving. I’m not sure it’s even possible for me to choose one particular favorite. I think if I’d have to choose a top five, in no specific order, it’d be The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck), The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini), Emma (Jane Austen), Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand), and Cold Mountain (Charles Frazier).

Will you ever write a book?

Actually, this is something I would love to do at some point. While it’s not in the immediate plans, it is something I have thought about quite often. I have a couple of options and a rough idea of how I would like them to develop, but for right now, the writing of those books is nothing more than a bucket list item.

What books did you read growing up?

I was a pretty typical girl when it came to my reading choices. My summer vacations from school were spent with characters like The Boxcar Children; Kristy and her friends from The Babysitter’s Club; Felicity, Samantha, Kirsten, and Molly from American Girl; and Ramona Quimby. Some of my best childhood memories are the times I spent getting lost in the pages of these books.

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