writing questions

did you always want to be a writer?

Yes. Emphatically yes. I just wasn't convinced that it was something that I could really be. I grew up thinking I would have to get a more practical job and be a writer on the side. 

how did you get published?

The old fashioned way. I sent out queries and  managed to get in contact with one of those mysterious and illusive creatures known as literary agents. And then said magical agent sold my book to an editor at a publishing house. 

Can you recommend my work to your agent and/or editor?

I'm sorry but I am not in the position to be able to do this unless I know you personally and am familiar with your work. And if that is the case, I doubt you are reading about this on my FAQ page.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Read. Read everything you can get your hands on. Think of writing as joining in on a conversation--in order to be an interesting and engaging participant in the conversation you need to know what has already been said and how you feel about it. The best writers I know are all engaged and passionate readers.

where do you get your ideas?

I'm not quite sure, but I do know that I always get my best ideas when I'm not focused on trying to make my brain think of a story concept, but rather engaged in observing and interacting with the world around me. Most of my books start with a character who is asking something and I build the novel out from there.

 

biographical questions

When were you born?

April 24, 1988.

Where were you born?

Cincinnati, Ohio.

Where did you go to school?

Northwestern University and Lesley University.

What did you study?

Art history and history. Creative writing.