- When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Probably when I was about ten years old. I was an avid reader, and I wanted to be able to write books like the ones I’d enjoyed so much.
- How long does it take you to write a book?
It varies. Anywhere from one month to six months depending upon the complexity of what I’m writing about.
- What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
It’s crazy. I work full-time, so writing and editing gets crammed into my non-work hours and weekends, so I don’t really have a set schedule.
- What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I seem to write better with my cat sitting on my lap. She doesn’t always cooperate.
- How do you plan to publish?
Right now, I’m exclusively self-publishing in digital and print.
- Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I’ll see something on TV or overhear a conversation, and that plants a seed. So, I start asking myself, “What if this? What if that?” Anything I don’t know about the topic I’m exploring, I research, both on the web and through books and journal articles.
- When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I wrote my first “book” when I was ten and in the fourth grade. I wrote my first book as an adult about ten years ago (I’m still working on that one).
- What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I like to watch sports, hang out with my husband and cat, and read. I also spend way too much time on the Internet and I love to sleep.
- What does your family think of your writing?
They’re very supportive and proud.
- What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I surprised myself that I could learn to format and design a book for self-publishing. I was really daunted by that prospect when I wanted to publish my first book, and I felt a great sense of accomplishment when I published the book and it was actually readable (format-wise).
- How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have two books on the market, In Your Dreams and As You Wake, and I love them both.
- Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Read, and read widely. If you want to write YA, then read a ton of YA books, but make sure you read things written for other age groups and in a wide variety of genres. Writers need to read other writers and study their styles, and they need to try to do some writing every day.
- Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I do hear from my readers. They thank me for writing the books and want to know when I have other books coming out. As far as the In Your Dreams series, I’ve seen some comments from readers about how they like Kieran because he seems like such a normal guy and not an unattainable alpha-male.
- Do you like to create books for adults?
I haven’t written a book for adults yet, but I’m hoping to in the future.
- What do you think makes a good story?
I think a good story has a compelling plot and characters that grab you from the first page and don’t let go until the end. A good story is one that you don’t want to put down.
- As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I’ve pretty much wanted to be a writer my whole life, but when I was a little girl, I also wanted to be the first female Major League Baseball player. Being a writer is much easier.