I am really glad you’ve accepted my interview. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
Of course! I am always happy to chat with readers and those in the book world. It’s my pleasure.
Can you tell us a bit more about how you became a writer?
I always knew I wanted to become a writer; I even had teachers as far back as elementary school encourage my gift for it. However, any talent needs nurturing and learning, and so I got my degree in English and Creative Writing from Concordia College in Bronxville, NY. After that, it took a few years for find the courage to attempt my first novel, Elly in Bloom. After I wrote that first novel, I knew being an author was what I was meant to do.
Was it difficult _for the first book to find a publisher?
I had a unique journey to publishing, but I was very lucky that my first publisher, Sparkpress, believed in me, and took a chance on fairy tale retellings before they were a major thing.
Could you describe literature in three words?
Essential. Nourishing. Liberating.
Is there a book you would never read? Why?
I have no interest in War and Peace. I plan to never to read it, and I‘m fine with that deicison.
What’s your favorite book?
My favorite classic is Jane Eyre, and my favorite contemporary is The Poisonwood Bible.
I have many, but one I truly adore is: ‚Love the World and yourself in it. Move through it as though it offers no resistance, as though the whole world is yoru natural element.“ – Audrey Niffeneggar.
EBooks or paper print?
Paper print, though I think people should read in whatever medium they read best in.
What inspires you?
True creativity. Braveness in the face of adverstity or judgement. Radical change. The pure love of a Golden Retrievers.
Imagine you were given the opportunity to meet a book character in real life. Who would that be?
Probably Dumbledore from Harry Potter. I have…questions for him.
What’s your worst nightmare?
I have a fear of isolation and a fear of heights. So…being stranded, alone on a mountain? At night? I wrote an entire book about it, but it’s published under a pen name.
The best decision of your life?
Taking big leaps of faith. There have been three major leaps of faith in my life that have paid off big time: selling my company to become a full-time author, adopting my child and changing colleges on a whim.
I can’t wait to read your next book. Are you currently working on a project? Is there any release date to reveal?
Thank you! I actually have one book coming up on deck called Sister of the Chosen One from Curtis Brown Studios (probably a late Spring 2020 release), and another fairy tale retelling out on submission. I’m currently working on a tale about siblings and the terror of future technology.