Frequently Asked Questions!

Q) What’s your favorite book?

A) I have too many favorites to pick one, haha. Here are a few of my top picks though:

  • SUMMERS AT CASTLE AUBURN by Sharon Shinn. I first read this in high school, and reread it about once a year. It’s one of my comfort books, and I brought it with me to college, to my study-abroad in Spain, to my apartment in Boston, and to all of my other travels. It’s that good.
  • Most anything by Tamora Pierce. The PROTECTOR OF THE SMALL series is my favorite of these, but others are also wonderful.
  • GREGOR THE OVERLANDER by Suzanne Collins. Before the HUNGER GAMES, there was Gregor, an eleven-year-old from New York who falls through a laundry vent into a fantastical underworld with his 2-year-old sister.

Just to name a few!

Q) Any advice for aspiring writers?

A) I think the best thing that writers can do is to write regularly. I try to write a little bit every day, and even if I can’t get very much done, making steady, slow progress keeps my brain on the story, and adds up over time. Joining a writing group and sharing your work is also really helpful–workshopping other people’s writing helps you workshop your own, and fresh eyes can give you great suggestions. Plus it’s great bonding time with other writers!

Q) What was the first novel you wrote?

A) I wrote my first novel as a very optimistic take on my high school senior thesis. The title was BROKEN PEACE, and I edited it through college before shelving it and starting STAR THIEF. I learned a lot from BROKEN PEACE though–someday I might take it out again for another look.

Q) What made you want to write kids’ lit?

A) First and foremost, in following the writerly advice to write what I know, it always made sense to me to start writing from a child’s perspective, because…well, that’s the experience I had when I started writing. There’s also a lot of fantastic things about children’s literature. Kids’ lit often has an energy and an optimism to it that can be missing in adult fiction. Wrongs can be made right. Insurmountable challenges can be triumphed over. Kids learn, and reach, and strive, while adults muse over their fifteenth year of a job they hate and drink some more wine. Sometimes young characters are just a little more fun to work with. I wrote a little more on this here!