I was so tired of novels where disability is portrayed superficially. Like the hero has a slight limp or a scar that actually makes him more handsome, but he and all the other characters act like it's the worst affliction a human could ever suffer. I wanted to depict a serious disability that really affects every aspect of the character's life but still show him in a successful relationship.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Coming up with characters and situations no one has ever thought of before, and sharing them with others.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ruth Madison and Annabelle Costa!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations from friends. Searching through subject categories or tags for recent publications.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Something about a unicorn and a princess. I wrote the first line "As soon as I walked out of the castle I knew" but that was as far as I ever got.
What is your writing process?
Write a little every day. Boring advice, but true. I try to make time to write for about an hour either in the morning or evening. I travel a lot, and writing is also a good way to pass a long plane ride. I try to see each scene as a movie in my head, and say the dialog out loud to keep it real.
Describe your desk
Covered with paper--bills, notes to myself, mail. And crumbs. I always eat breakfast in front of the computer.
When did you first start writing?
When I was young, maybe 10 or so. I always thought of myself as a novelist, even as a kid. I majored in creative writing in college, but I wanted to write pulpy sci fi and my professor wanted me to write middle-brow Serious Literature. It was a major mismatch that put me off novel writing for years.
What are you working on next?
Historical fiction with a blind protagonist.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Ipad at home, iphone when I'm commuting.
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