Ice skater Yamaguchi, 1992 Olympic gold medalist and 2008 Dancing With the Stars celebrity champ, has a new role: children's book author. Tuesday marks the release of Dream Big, Little Pig, a picture book inspired by reading bedtime stories to her daughters Emma, 5, and Keara, 7. Yamaguchi, 39, considers herself a lifetime reader. "My favorites growing up were first Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt and then later A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle,'' she said. "And when I was travelling a lot, I remember really getting into Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire. I've always loved the way books can take you away to another place.''
What's on your nightstand?
I just finished American Assassin by Vince Flynn, and I'm reading John Grisham's The Confession.
Is it safe to say Kristi Yamaguchi is into thrillers?
Yep, and I really enjoy James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series. I thought 1st to Die was so much fun to read because it takes place in San Francisco.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer