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?
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 don’t read as much as I should, but I can’t get past The Hunger Games being my favorite recent book. I also loved Life As We Knew It, even though I haven’t been able to read the sequel yet because it was just so emotionally draining.
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: In all honesty, I don’t think much about the reader when I’m writing. My main priority is telling the story that my characters need to tell, and I follow that wherever it leads. The only voice in the back of my mind is that of my editor. After five books together, I’ve learned a lot of what she likes and doesn’t, and I try to make our revising jobs easier by tackling those as I write.
Q: Do you ever get “star-struck” meeting other authors or have “fan-girl” moments?
Q: Since Romantic Times has an emphasis on romance, who are some of your favorite romantic couples of fiction, or ones perhaps you’ve created?
A: Darcy and Elizabeth, of course. My favorite in more recent romance are Simon and Daphne in The Duke and I by Julia Quinn. That book still makes me cry. And I have to say that Quince and Lily in myForgive My Fins are the favorite couple I’ve created. They work hard to get together, and I think the payoff is … lifetime.
Q: Are there certain things you have to have to write, like snacks or music?
A: My music and snacks and drinks change, depending on the season and the book and my general mood. But the one constant is that I have to be out of the house. I usually write in cafe and coffee shops. I’m sure it’s habit, but I just can’t produce pages at home.
Q: Writing seems to be such a personal thing, is it hard to send your work out into the world? How do you deal with getting feedback from so many different people?
Q: If you could give one piece of advice to young adults (on anything), what would it be?
A: High school is only one stage in life. As soon as you graduate, the old social rules change. Ten years down the line, the calculus geek is going to be a music producer, the hot crush is going to be married with children and a job he hates, and the quiet girl in the honors classes will be an up and coming author. Just get through it as best you can–with your friends, your family, your art, whatever–and stay true to yourself no matter what.
Q: What is your opinion on the steady popularity of supernatural elements in YA fiction? Do you think that the Vampire (were’s, angels, demons, fairies) trend is here to stay?
Q: As writers of Young Adult fiction, teens (and some adults for that matter) can get kind of obsessed with characters and the authors that created them. Do you enjoy the fame and attention you have gained from writing or is it more of a nuisance?