7 Questions for Mitali Perkins

Mitali Perkins is the mah-velous author of Secret Keeper, Bamboo PeopleThe Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita SenMonsoon SummerRickshaw Girl, and First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover. Her books are well known for their strong girl role models, something that we LOVE at Figment. Her books have been honored far too many times to list; her most recent book, Bamboo People, was  a Junior Library Guild selection and an Indie Next Summer 2010 Book Pick (2010).

Mitali lives in Newton, MA, with her husband, two boys, fishes, ferrets, and laboradors. You can find her online at www.mitaliperkins.com, or on Twitter @mitaliperkins.

And now… Mitali, who answers our 7 most unusual interview questions yet.

Do you capitalize and punctuate your text messages?


Do you have a favorite word?


If you had to describe yourself using inanimate objects, which ones would you choose?

I’d like to be … a steaming cup of cappuccino served in a buzzing café. A roaring fire on a wintry day. And an archway leading to a safe, quiet courtyard. A river lined with bamboo groves.

Who is your fictional crush?

Aragorn from Lord of the Rings. Note: NOT Viggo’s film depiction.

What’s your favorite font?

Give me a good old-fashioned Times Roman.

What were you like in high school?

A brown geek in sea of white faces.

Who’s your favorite villain?

Ursula in Disney’s Little Mermaid, because she reminds me of me in a grumpy mood and I find myself rooting for her.

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