When did you start writing?

I wrote my first story when I was five about a family of sea turtles. I think my parents still have it in their basement somewhere.

What do you like about writing?

There is something exhilarating and terrifying about taking a bunch of words and turning it into a cohesive piece of art. I write because I have to and can’t stop. There is no good explanation.

Where do you get your ideas?

Everywhere. Travel. People I know.  People I don’t know. Music.

Where do you write?

I write on the train during my commute, at my desk at home, in the grocery store on the back of a receipt if I get an idea. I can pretty much write anywhere if I’m in the zone.

What is your writing process like?

First I get an idea. Sometimes I’ll write a chapter or a few before I make a scene by scene outline with major plot points. I write book jacket copy before I go any further, then I write the first draft. After that I do all this before the book is complete.

Are the characters in your books people you know in real life?

Yes and no. Every writer gets ideas from people they’ve run across. Nuggets and small details. But are any of my characters real people I’ve met? No. They might be inspired by people I’ve met but that’s where the similarities end.

What do you dislike about writing?

Sometimes I really hate staring at a computer. Also, I read everything like a writer. If I forget to look for what a writer did well or didn’t and get caught up in a story that’s how I know it’s epic.

What are your favorite books?

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, The Giver by Lois Lowry, the Alice books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott, Me & A Guy Named Elvis by Jerry Schilling, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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