Current Releases --
My second young adult novel, STEEL, was released in March from HarperTeen. It's the story of a modern teen fencer who gets trapped on an 18th century pirate ship.
My stand-alone fantasy novel AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE was released in April from Tor Books. Celia West is the daughter of the city's greatest super heroes, and is just trying to live a normal life, outside their shadow.
Please tell us your latest news!
I've got lots going on -- my second young adult novel, STEEL, and latest stand-alone novel, AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE, have been released over the last couple of months. The next novel in my urban fantasy series, KITTY'S BIG TROUBLE, will be out in June. Basically, a whole backlog of books I had waiting for release are finally coming out, so it's a big year for me.
Please describe your writing environment.
It's very messy right now, so not something I'm happy talking about at the moment. I have a home office converted from a bedroom. My desk is a big table that I spread out on, and I have a bulletin board hanging over me with lots of pictures and sayings and lists posted on it. But like the desk, it needs cleaning! I listen to music when I write, because I don't like the quiet.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Robin McKinley, because I really love her characters. They're usually reluctant heroes, average down to earth people who happen to be in the right place at the right time -- or wrong time, depending on your point of view. They become heroes because they have to, not because they want to be heroes. But they're all people I'd like to know. The books of hers that I reread every year are The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I've always been interested in writing. I was lucky in having a lot of teachers in school who assigned creative writing projects, and they were always my favorite. By the time I got to high school, I decided writing was something I did well and wanted to pursue it.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write, keep writing. Also read a lot -- good, bad, fiction, non fiction, everything. And analyze what you read. Why do you love a book? Can you learn how to do that? If you hate a book, figure out why -- and then never do that in your own writing!
What main genre do you write in?
Paranormal / Urban Fantasy
What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?
The business side. Dealing with contracts, the mountain of emails every day, and just waiting for the whole slow process of publishing to run its course. It's sometimes hard to sit down and write when all these other issues are vying for attention.
Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?
My parents have been incredibly supportive. I knew I wanted to be a writer early on, as a teenager, and they never told me I should think about doing something more practical.
Do you like to mix genres?
All the time. I look at genres as toolboxes, that all do different things for a story. Horror, mystery, adventure -- there's no reason they can't all be in the same story. I also like mixing science fiction and fantasy elements, and writing in genres that seem unclassifiable -- like superheroes.
What inspires your writing?
A little bit of everything. My own daydreams, my reactions to other stories, tidbits of information I find in non-fiction reading. One thing I love doing is taking two different ideas and putting them together in the same story, and figure out how those ideas interact and what great story I can have come out of that.
Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?
My dog Lily. She doesn't have a direct influence, but we go on walks every day, and that often helps clear my mind and think about plot/writing problems that I've been having. Often all get home and be ready to work again.
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