Ooo. Dragons. Definitely dragons. They breathe fire and they fly. You can't get much more badass than a dragon.
If you could write a fortune for a fortune cookie, what would it say?
"SOS - I'm being held against my will in a Chinese bakery"
Okay, time to get serious. What do you think about/ do when you're alone in your car?
I pretend I'm in a car chase. I glance in my rear-vision mirror and see there's someone following me. I switch lanes, speed up, clench the wheel, change gears, turn up my ACDC album and drive like Jason Statham. Because I'm cool, okay?
If you could be anyone else in the world, who would it be?
Jared Padalecki's wife.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Finally a normal question! Okay... Getting out of bed is so hard these days! I don't work much, so I sleep in until 10 or 11, then I just sort of... roll out of my mattress and that wakes me up. It's just so cold right now! I'm inspired to check my emails (how sad is that?) and start writing. I'm inspired to make a cup of tea as well. That's what I look forward to.
Do you have any weird writing habits?
Oh dear. I can't believe I'm admitting this. Writing comes naturally to me, so I don't have any weird habits -- The words just flow through my fingers. But when I edit, or re-read a passage, I sometimes read aloud in an accent. Usually American or British. I have NO idea why. I guess it's just entertaining, and it helps me visualize the scene in somebody else's perspective other than my own. Also, my characters are American, so it helps me put myself in their shoes.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I have an embarrassing folder in my computer of really old stories I used to write before I started writing the mystery series with my friend. I laugh every time I open them up. They're titles like 'Mermaids' and 'The Search for the Missing Pony' and one other story about a girl whose dogs were secret agents and could talk to her. I can't be the only one who was ever lame, right?
What's the story behind your latest book?
Interestingly enough, Rouge was a random idea I made up with my friend. We were on the school bus 2 years ago discussing awesome superpowers -- like the nerds that we are-- and came up with the character of Hunter. I was working on another book at the time which I put on hold to start Rouge, and I had no idea how obsessed I became with the story until, 2 years later, I'm self publishing and writing the second and third in the series.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was something I used to be so against. I thought of self-publishing as desperate. But after sending out queries at the beginning of this year and getting back at least 7 rejections, I started looking into it because the prospect of making my own way in the industry really appealed to me. I love that I have control over everything; the rights, the cover, the marketing, and most importantly, the story itself. I love that I am independent and starting from the bottom, because it is the journey that makes us stronger. So I started, and now I haven't stopped. And I don't regret a thing.
Last question: How many kangaroos are there in Australia?
What? You know I can just Google that, right? 30 seconds later...... As of 2012, there were around 60 million kangaroos in Australia. Bam!
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