- How do you remember your first kiss?
I barely remember the kiss itself, but I remember wallowing in the pure bliss of thinking about it for days and days and days and days afterwards. It was like being hit with an anvil and seeing little birdies flying around for a week.
- What was your first favorite love song?
Probably "I Love You Always Forever" by Donna Lewis. I've been singing along with that song in the car from my earliest memories of car singing in my childhood until an hour ago.
- What’s the first thing you do when you begin writing for the day?
Perch on my chair contrary to the way most people sit in chairs. And wait for the beast to boot itself up. I try to keep my works in progress open at all times to inspire work over internet shenanigans.
- Who’s the first writer who truly inspired you to become a writer?
R.L. Stine - I was always impressed that he wrote faster than I read. I remember pretending to talk on the phone with one of my friends as a kid, but not paying attention in favor of my current Goosebumps book. Addictive reading, yes please!
- Did the final revision of your first book have the same first chapter it started with?
I'm not even sure it takes place on the same planet anymore. This is actually something I'm right in the middle of re-writing: different genre, different main character age, different plot, but same characters. Wish me luck.
- For your first book, which came first: major characters, plot or setting?
Setting. I wrote it while living in Hawaii, and that's the essence of the book.
- What’s the first word you want to roll off the tip of someone’s tongue when they think of your writing?
Pirates! Well, not all my books are about pirates. How about "honest"?