Q: With so many various writing conferences and cons nowadays authors seem to have several options to fill their schedules. What is it about Romantic Times that made you add this event to your busy schedule?
A: I’ve been to RT every year since Wicked Lovely released. It’s the one conference I attend for myself. Why? It’s fun. It’s time with writer friends, readers, and booksellers. Why wouldn’t I attend if I can fit it in?
Q: As far as busy schedules go, do you find time to read for yourself? If so what are some of your current favorite books?
A: I read almost every day. (To that end, I typically don’t watch TV.) Of late, I’ve loved Divergent (V. Roth, YA Dystopian) above all others. I’ve also really enjoyed Across the Universe (B. Revis, YA SF); The Monstrumologist (R. Yancy, YA literary in the tradition of Shelley); Mercy (R. Lim, YA, angel); Anna Dressed in Blood (K Blake, YA, ghosts); Wither (L. DeStefano, YA Dystopian); Grave Witch (K. Price, adult, Urban Fantasy); Ten Ways to Be Adored While Landing a Lord (S. MacLean, adult, Regency Romance).
Q: So many adults are enjoying the YA genre now. Do you feel like your writing has messages for the targeted audience of young adults, or do you keep in mind the cross-over audience as well?
A: I don’t keep any audience or messages in mind when I write. I write the story. It’s about the characters, the world, the pacing, the desire to get lost with these “people” who live in my head. I suspect there are authors who are looking to promote a message, and I’m sure there are messages in my text—because an author’s beliefs DO leak into the prose—but that’s not ever a part of my writing process in any conscious way.
Q: With the success of your book/books, Do you ever get “star-struck” meeting other authors or have “fan-girl” moments?
A: Of course! Sometimes, I suspect I get more fan-girly because now some of the authors whose books I love are also people I think are wonderful. That said, my two biggest star-struck/fangirl moment have been a) over my favourite living author—who I completely blew off because it didn’t occur to me that he actually wanted to hang out with me. Luckily, he laughed afterwards, and we’ve become friends. And b) over a musician I’ve been a fan of for over a decade who read my books and then got in touch with me. The first time we spoke on the phone, I paced almost the whole time to keep from talking too fast. My solution there is that there’s the person I talk to & the person whose voice I love, and as long as I don’t think abt the fact that they’re the same person, I can keep from swooning 😉
Q: Since Romantic Times has an emphasis on romance, who are some of your favorite romantic couples of fiction?
A: I’m hopeless with couples as so many of them are for the space of one book, but I can tell you who some (not all!) of my “go to” authors when I want a sigh-worthy historical or contemporary romance (which are my favourite subgenres): Eloisa James, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Nora Roberts, Julia Quinn, Madeline Hunter, Loretta Chase, Lorraine Heath, Sarah MacLean, Tessa Dare, and Sophie Jordan. When I want paranormal, I look to Charlaine Harris, Kelley Armstrong, Jeaniene Frost, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Terri Garey. I read a lot of romance.
Q: Are there certain things you have to have to write, like snacks or music?
A: I need either caffeine (tea or coffee) or water, and I must have either music or nature.
Q: If you could give one piece of advice to young adults (on anything), what would it be?
A: Believe in yourself. People will tell you that dreams don’t come true; they will say that the obstacles are vast. They are often right, but passion and belief go far in turning the impossible into the real and the obstacles more manageable.
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