What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me! Writing can be such a lonely craft, and there are times when I am so frustrated with the story or the characters, and I wonder if it's even worth writing anymore. Then a fan will send me an encouraging word, like telling me how much one of my stories meant to them, and I remember why I'm doing this - to make a difference, and to share a glimpse of hope in human experiences. Without fans, I'd still have reason to write. But it would hold so much less meaning than it does with people who love my stories and want more of them.
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What are you working on next?
Right now I'm working on the third and final installment of my Forever After series - the prequel to A Symphony of Cicadas and Forever Thirteen. Admittedly, I'm totally struggling with this one, as I have to be very careful how the story unfolds since all the events happen before stories already told. Following that, I have a rough draft of a story I wrote years ago and set aside, and I'm itching to dive into it and make it a book!