Q: What is your favorite color?

A: White. All of the other colors look great against it.


Q: What is your favorite food?

A: Popcorn. OF COURSE!


Q: What is your favorite book of your own?

A: I used to say that my favorite book of my own was the book I was working on at the time I was asked that question. When the new full-color, redrawn edition of Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs was published, I realized that Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs was my favorite book of my own.


Q: Do you have any pets?

A: I no longer have pets. Some of my cats were named Satie, Foshay, Token, Kahlo, Rosalie, Conrad and Bomba. Some of my dogs were named Bingley, Madison, Markus, Morgan, Moffat, and Bronte.


Q: What is your favorite holiday?

A: Christmas. My second favorite holiday is my birthday!


Q: Do you have a wife?

A: No.


Q: Do you have children?

A: No.


Q: Dude, how old are you?

A: My 83rd birthday was on September 15, 2017.


Q: What are some of your hobbies?

A: Cooking, reading, gardening, traveling, watching movies, SHOPPING!


Q: What was your favorite book as a child?

A: HITTY, HER FIRST HUNDRED YEARS, by Rachel Field (the original edition)


Q: What is your favorite book as an adult?



Q: Why doesn't your last name start with a capital letter?

A: It's just the way my last name is spelled...with a lower case "d".


Q: Why do you sign your name with a heart, and why do you draw hearts in your books?

A: The heart has become a sort of symbol for me. I also use it as shorthand, or an abbreviation, for "love."


Q:Who is your favorite SiriusXM "On Broadway" host?

A: I like them all, but I especially like Christine Pedi. Some of her family are from Calabria.