Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a writer, mother, marketing executive and (sometimes) film reviewer. I’ve written over fifteen YA novels and one really bad historical romance. Some of them I even let other people read…
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called STUMPED and it was inspired by the subject of a documentary film who spoke at the premiere. She was so passionate about her work and her belief that everyone deserves human intimacy, it sparked the idea for the book.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have a more-than-full-time job so finding time to write is always tricky. I get up early to write before my kids need to be hustled out the door for school, then again at night, after they have gone to bed.
I don’t get a lot of sleep…
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Far too many to mention, actually. I adore strong, muscular writers like Cormac McCarthy, Russell Banks and Sam Shepherd. I also love the absurdity of Russian writers like Mikhail Bulgakov and Gogol, and the beauty of writers like Janet Fitch and Jandy Nelson.
What are you working on now?
I have two projects on the go at the moment. One is an autobiography I’m ghostwriting for someone else, and the other is a new YA novel about reality TV, bisexuality and a band called Rhino Crisis.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I still have a lot to learn in this area, despite working in marketing for my day job. I feel like everything changes with every book, but good word of mouth is certainly always the most important thing. It just takes the right person talking at the right time, and everything can change.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write. A lot. Often. And with variety. It’s easy to get stuck when things aren’t going the way you think they should. Don’t quit. Just try something else. A different story, a different scene. It’ll come eventually.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Always remember to party like a rock star.
What are you reading now?
I just started Before The Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray. It’s the third part in a series, and I very rarely read series, but I loved the first book so much, and disliked the second almost as much. I hope this third book is more like the first!
What’s next for you as a writer?
More books. I have quite a number of projects very near completion or just in need of a final polish, so I hope to get through a couple of those while I wait for my new story to mature.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
What a tough question! Maybe something long, and worthy and complicated that I’ve never tackled because I didn’t have the time or energy (not War and Peace though – I read that in my Russian Literature class in college). And something fun and light to cheer me up when the seculsion of the desert island became too much for me. Most obviously though, a survival guide, so I make it through my time on the island.