How did you begin writing?
I think I must have been born with a pencil and paper in my hands! It was something I always enjoyed, for as long as I can remember.
Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
Always! Though I could have never even imagined that I would be blessed enough to be successful enough to make an actual career out of it. I have been very fortunate to be able to live my dream.
Which is your favorite book that you've written?
Oh, no, I can’t choose! That would be like picking a favorite child! They are all my babies!
What are you reading right now, other than your own work?
I read any and everything! I try to read two books a week—a classic YA book and a completely new read, in any genre. It’s hard to find the time to read, but as a writer, your talent and skill really suffer if you don’t make reading part of your job.
What inspires you to write?
Any and everything. People at the grocery store, a broken taillight on the car in front of me at the stop light, the chicken that I left in the oven too long last week, a ridiculous reality show, or even the squirrel that managed to get into my house through the basement crawl space. Very unconventional or pretty normal things that you would never imagine offer sparks of creativity—those things offer the most inspiration. Our everyday lives. The greatest stories stem from the very real world around us.
Do you ever base any of your characters on people that you know in real life?
Oh, definitely. To be a great, readable writer, you absolutely have to write what you know.
Who are your literary idols?
Oh, wow! I have so many…Roald Dahl, Beverly Cleary, Ann M. Martin, J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Kate Chopin, Ernest Hemingway, Erma Bombeck, Margaret Mitchell, Poe…the list just goes on and on and on.
If you could send a message to the young adults who read your stories, what would it be?
Read as much as you can! No matter what your passions and dreams, reading will excel you to levels you never thought possible. Find your favorite books now, and then in twenty years, sit down and read those favorites again. Books are the only things that can stop time and let us fully unfold into ourselves. There is no greater adventure.
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