Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Greater New Orleans Area of Louisiana. In the South, there are many accents and local sayings. Their beauty and depth caught my attention and inspired me to write.
When did you first start writing?
I first started when I was in sixth grade. I had just discovered that the Queen B of my clique at school was not revered by everyone. Soon a bathroom parley erupted into a revolt. After the dust settled and Queen B was dethroned, I realized that I missed her. I was perplexed by my contradictory feelings. I decided then that I would write the best book ever to help others through hardship. I never did finish the book but it is on my list...
Stephanie is finally a teenager. This is going to be the best summer of her life! Or is it? She is headed out West on a YMCA youth trip. She steals glances at Matthew, a rather goofy, but good looking, boy who sits next to her. By the end of the trip, Matthew is her first boyfriend. The problem is that he lives thousands of miles away from her!