I write in the absence of silence. I have five year old running in the room and jumping on the bed and saying "I love you gaga!" I have a infant wriggling around and crying on the bed next to me. If I waited for quiet, I wouldn't get anything done. I write in between working and getting people juice and going to the beach. There is no rhyme or reason to it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember being in the fifth grade and hating the reading book we were in at the time. The sixth graders got to be in GALAXIES. I wanted to be in GALAXIES so bad! It was a black textbook with a picture of the Earth on it. Then I read NIGHT SHIFT by Stephen King in the 8th grade, and that changed everything. I read every Stephen King book they had at The Westerville Public Library. In 9th grade, I discovered THE HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY. That was another A-HA! moment.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don't make any distinctions between YA or ADULT books when reading. A good story is a good story. I read everything. I went through a period when I only wanted to read the most obscure things I could find. This was waaaay before "hipsters." I just wanted to appear to be "well read" I suppose.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything and Anything. My granddaughter is five and she is learning to read, so we go to the library a LOT.
Describe your desk
A laptop on my bed. No wonder I have terrible posture.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Westerville, Ohio. As any kid in Westerville will tell you. Boredom is the motivator for pretty much everything.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The phenomenon of how quickly things can get out of control once something goes viral.
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