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I am really glad you’ve accepted my interview. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
It’s my pleasure! Thank you so much for having me on your blog – I’m always excited to connect with readers in other countries.
Can you tell us a bit more about how you became a writer?
I’ve always loved books and writing, but I only truly committed to writing when my husband and I were spending some time traveling. Once I had a break from the daily stresses of work and life I found myself bubbling with creativity. I wrote a whole novel while we were traveling, but it didn’t get published. Then I wrote This Mortal Coil, and was lucky enough to find a home for it. All in all, I spent about 6 years writing before I was published.
Was it difficult for the first book to find a publisher?
I was lucky enough to have a quick sale for This Mortal Coil. My agent submitted the manuscript to several publishers, and Simon Pulse ‚pre-empted‘ it two weeks later—which means they offered a good deal with a limited time to accept. We were thrilled to accept!
Could you describe literature in three words?
Compelling, transporting, educating.
Is there a book you would never read? Why?
This is a great question. I tend to avoid books which deal with sensitive topics in insensitive ways—but I could probably be compelled to read them in a detached and critical way if I had a good reason. The only books that I would probably never read would be extremely long, boring ones! I just wouldn’t make it through!
What’s your favorite book?
I have several favorite books—it’s too hard to pick one. I love Jurassic Park, Neuromancer, Twilight, and the Harry Potter series.
„They sicken of the calm, who knew the storm.“ It’s from a wonderful poem by Dorothy Parker.
EBooks or paper print?
I split my time between paper and audiobooks these days. I don’t read many books on my ereader. I like audiobooks for faster-paced stories and print for books that I want to take in slowly and pause to reflect on the writing.
What inspires you?
I get inspired by ideas about the future. I’ll read an article about a scientific development or a new trend in the economy, and I’ll spend hours fantasizing about what the future would look like if those ideas became mainstream. That’s where most of my book ideas come from.
Imagine you were given the opportunity to meet a book character in real life. Who would that be?
What a great question! I’d love to meet Hermione. She‘s so smart and friendly—we’re both nerds and I like to think that we could get along. I’m sure she could teach me a lot, and I’d love to visit Hogwarts!
The best decision of your life was?
Going to the party where I met my husband!
I can’t wait to read your next book. Are you currently working on a project? Is there any release date to reveal?
I’m working on Book 3 of the Mortal Coil series! No release date yet—I need to finish it first!