I love getting lost in another world, immersing myself in the stories floating around in my head. It's the same kind of joy that I find in reading.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything, because in order to succeed as a writer, you need to have readers! I love hearing readers' views on my books, or on what kind of book they'd like me to write next.
Who are your favorite authors?
That's a really difficult question to answer! In my former life as a college professor I specialized in literature of the Romantic period, and that holds a special place in my heart. I'm a voracious reader of novels, and my favorite novelists, in no particular order, are Margaret Atwood, Graham Greene, Jane Austen, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Zadie Smith, and Raymond Chandler.
My all-time favourite novel is Dracula, with The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde running a close second. The novel that I have most raved about recently is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I get out of bed to feed my cats!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading. I also love sewing, knitting, and ballet.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
When I was a little girl I was obsessed with 'The Snow Queen' by Hans Christian Anderson. I just know I'd have been into Frozen!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was called 'The Waxwork Ghost'. My teacher's comment: "Only you could write a story like this!"
What is your writing process?
I always keep a notebook at hand, partly because I'm a sucker for beautiful stationery. Every time a phrase, image, or piece of dialogue pops into my head, I write it down.
I tend to have at least a vague idea of where my story is going, and I try to write a plot outline into which I can fit the little fragments I collect in my notebooks. That's how the flesh meets the bones, so to speak.
How do you approach cover design?
That's an interesting one. I like my covers to look a little bit different. With The Mirrored Gate, I commissioned a very talented artist named Erin Dameron-Hill; she was the one who came up with the concept for that cover, and I love it.
For my new series, I pretty much know what all the covers are going to look like, and it's a concept that just came from a lot of thinking, daydreaming, and browsing images.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle and a Kobo.
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What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on the first of a series. They are vampire novels - with a twist.
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