WHAT GENRE DO YOU WRITE?
I write Young Adult books, and at the moment have stuck to science fiction with a dab of fantasy. I also write contemporary New Adult romance under a pen name.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING AND HOW MANY PUBLISHED WORKS?
I've been writing seriously for about five years. I've written eleven complete manuscripts and published five of those. The first three are chained to a drawer (I'm considering dropping them to the bottom of the ocean), but the others might one day see the light of day in one form or another.
OF THE NOVELS YOU'VE WORKED ON, WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?
That's hard! It's like picking a favorite child. WHISPERS IN AUTUMN will always have a special place in my heart since it was my first published book, but I think we all have that "book of the heart," and for me it's a still unpublished manuscript named HEARTSTRINGS. It's the book of my heart because at the center of the book is a (historically accurate) love story that has moved me to tears for years, even when I'm reading boring primary source material on the subject (did I mention I have a history degree?).
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE CHARACTER FROM YOUR WORK?
Again, it's like picking a favorite child! I love ALL of the characters from THE LAST YEAR but if I had to choose a favorite, it would of course be Althea. She's strong but vulnerable, scared but brave, smart but smart enough to ask for help, and basically all of the things I wish I could be.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR STORY IDEAS?
Anywhere and everywhere! The idea for THE LAST YEAR came from a tweet. I have gotten a lot of ideas from history, or by mixing history and mythology. I watch a ton of television and movies (I review them for a website in my spare time), and I have a great critique partner who loves to play the "what if" game with me.
IS THERE ANYONE IN PARTICULAR WHO HAS INFLUENCED YOUR WRITING CAREER?
Hmm. Writers like Madeleine L'Engle and JK Rowling, but Nora Ephron was a HUGE influence in my college days and Tina Fey has certainly stepped up to take her place in my life recently.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WRITING?
Not writing? What's that?? Haha, but seriously, I sleep. I spend time with my family and travel, and watch television and movies. Of course, I also READ.
WHAT'S ONE THING ABOUT YOU THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW?
I have a life threatening peanut allergy. I've never had a Snickers or a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, etc etc. :)
WHAT'S NEXT ON YOUR WRITING JOURNEY?
The first book in my new YA science fiction series, THE HISTORIANS, releases July 30, 2013! It's set in a futuristic (think Firefly) universe but features a heavy time travel/romance element - I'm still in the drafting stage but am very excited to share it with everyone!