COMMON INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
How did you get started as a writer?
I started writing when I was very young. I wrote poetry, short stories, etc. In elementary school I had a teacher that loved creative writing assignments. My parents still talk about my story called “My Life as a Piece of Chewing Gum.” They say that they really knew I was going to be a writer when they read that story. In elementary school I won the D.A.R. award for a paper I wrote about Ben Franklin from his wife Deborah Franklin’s point of view. Also in elementary school, I used to make up stories about my toy horses. At U.C. Davis I majored in English with a Creative Writing emphasis and worked on honing my craft. My first published work was actually a poem shortly followed by a magazine article. I kept at it until I had achieved my dream of seeing my name on the cover of a book.
What’s your favorite thing about being an author?
Actually, I have two favorite things. I like walking into a store and seeing my new book on the shelf. I also love getting positive feedback from fans.
Where do you get your ideas?
I get my ideas from anything and everything. Sometimes a great song lyric captures my imagination or I have a killer idea for an opening line. Sometimes I replay real events in my head and I ask myself what would have happened if I had done *that* instead. Sometimes I just think that something is cool. Like with “Scarlet Moon.” I thought it would be cool to re-write Little Red Riding Hood. I like wolves and werewolves. Why not make the wolf a werewolf?
How do you deal with writer’s block?
Well, you can try to force your way forward. If you have an outline, then you can jump ahead to another scene that will be easier. Otherwise, try writing something completely different. Listen to some music. Get out of the house. Go see a film. For me, if all else fails, I put in the first disc of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (extended edition) on an endless loop. It’s very soothing for me, and somehow it taps right into my creative side.
What’s it like working with a co-author?
It’s amazing and fun. What’s great about our relationship is that her strengths are my weaknesses and vice versa. We are able to rely on each other. Also, the ideas are exciting because with the two of us working on a book it morphs into something awesome that isn’t necessarily what either of us would have done if working solo. Being a co-author means you have to put your ego aside and decide together what’s best for the story. Nancy and I have had no problems doing this with each other and the results have been remarkable!